GLAAD fetes “Will & Grace,” “Queer as Folk”

Showtime’s Queer as Folk was honored Saturday in Los Angeles as the year’s outstanding drama series at the 12th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards. Based on a British series, Queer as Folk chronicles the lives of several gay men living in Pittsburgh. NBC’s Will & Grace was named outstanding comedy series. Billy Elliot won the award for outstanding film in wide release. The Broken Hearts Club was named outstanding film in limited release. TV director Paris Barclay, of The West Wing and ER received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which honors a lesbian or gay member of the entertainment or media community for their work toward eliminating homophobia. The GLAAD Media Awards honor individuals and projects in the media and entertainment industries for their fair and accurate representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. The ceremony in Los Angeles is the second of four; two more ceremonies are planned: one in Washington, D.C. on May 12, and another on June 9 in San Francisco. The first awards were handed out in New York on April 16.