Actress Charlize Theron awarded by GLAAD

Charlize Theron, GLAADThe Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) presented the Vanguard Award to actress Charlize Theron at their 17th annual GLAAD Media Awards at Los Angeles on Saturday (9-March).

The South African beauty was presented the award for increasing “visibility and understanding in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.”

Last year, Charlize Theron said on TV “Extra” that she would not wed boyfriend Stuart Townsend until gay marriage is legally recognised in the US.

Her portrayal of lesbian serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster” won her a best actress Oscar in 2004.

Theron said, at the ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood..

This is very surreal for me because two years ago, I stood right here and won my Oscar for Monster.

I feel so fortunate that I am in a relationship with a wonderful man..

I find it incredibly unfair that because of our sexual preference, we have the rights that we have, and that, because of someone else’s sexual preference, they don’t have those same rights.

Well said miss Theron, well said!

Other winners including movie “Transamerica” and tv comedy series “Will and Grace.”

The GLAAD Media Awards consist of 41 categories and are split into four individual ceremonies, held in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco.

The New York ceremony was held 27-March with movie “Brokeback Mountain” winning the major award. The Miami ceremony is scheduled on 25-May and the San Francisco event is on 10-June.