A teary-eyed Kristin Chenoweth accepted the Vanguard Award at Sunday’s 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles for her work to increase the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community in the media. Last year, Chenoweth, a devout Christian, wrote a lengthy response to a Newsweek article that claimed gay male actors couldn’t successfully play straight men, instigating a media debacle that led ‘Glee’ creator Ryan Murphy to call for a boycott of Newsweek and the article’s author to briefly resign from the magazine.
Accepting her award, the actress, who is also an Emmy and Tony Award winner, said, “I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me. Even if you don’t believe in Jesus the way I do, he did teach love — not just tolerance, but acceptance. I’m lucky I had parents who adopted me at birth, conservative Southern Baptists, who said, ‘You will love everyone the same.'”
By: John Mitchell