By Jeremy Kinser
Originally published on Advocate.com March 26 2012 8:20 PM ET
Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were honored for their staggering body of LGBT-inclusive films with the prestigious Vito Russo Award by Bernadette Peters and John Stamos at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday.
Before introducing the two men, Peters recalled some of their career highlights. "Equally or more relevant is their quest to tackle social and political issues in their work," Peters says. The actress and long-time friend of the producers also announced two future projects, including a television film about Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who sued her Mississippi high school for the right to take her girlfriend to her prom.
Meron caused the crowd to erupt in laughter while sharing his difficulty in writing his acceptance speech and joked about how being best friends with Stamos makes people think he's straight. Zadan remembered his close friendship with the late Russo, whom he says he and Meron honored by making their acclaimed biopic Life With Judy Garland. Zadan recalled how GLAAD assisted the two men when they made a more controversial biopic, 2003's The Reagans. "We had death threats for telling the truth about that president's outright refusal to acknowledge the growing AIDS crisis in America," Zadan says. "We could not have survived that ordeal...without the help of GLAAD."
For a full recap of the GLAAD awards go here. Watch Peters, Meron, and Zadan below.