There's more to coming out than Ellen. Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (G.L.A.A.D.) handed out its Media Awards to Spin City, Chicago Hope and a long list of other shows and entertainers for their their portrayal of lesbians and gay men.

Spin City walked away with the award for outstanding television comedy series while Chicago Hope won for best drama series. Valerie Bertinelli accepted the award for outstanding television movie for her starring role in Two Mothers For Zachary and Tracey Ullman for best television--individual episode of Tracey Takes On.

The eighth annual show had its best turnout of celebs ever, a sign of the growing acceptance of homosexuals in the entertainment industry and homosexual characters in story lines. "The support of this event is phenomenal," said Chastity Bono, the entertainment-media director for G.L.A.A.D. "It's turning into a bigger and bigger event every year."

Among the presenters were her mom Cher, Gregory Peck, Lily Tomlin, Ed McMahon, Jennifer Tilly, Carol Channing and Gina Gershon.

"It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all," Peck said.

Other winners included Bound for best studio film.

Of course, the upcoming, outcoming episode of Ellen was the talk of the evening. Ellen DeGeneres, gave the keynote speech to a standing ovation from the crowd of 1300. "What better way to change the show and do something positive and wonderful than by having my character come out?" she said.

G.L.A.A.D. really stretches out the awards ceremony. Still to come are events in Washington, D.C. March 26 and New York March 31 to give awards to comics, musicians, news broadcasters and others.

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