envelopes have been opened and the awards presented...
2005 fraank MEDIA AWARDS WINNERS:
E! Entertainment television style guru Roberth Verdi made Carson
Kressley possible. A former jewelry designer, Verdi once did straight
interviews on gay TV. Now his gay interviews on straight TV has
spread the word that -- SUCK IT, MARY! -- it's okay to be Gay &
Fabulous. This is his first fraank Awards nomination
and his first win.
With a flair for potty-mouthed humor and a wig the size of an Escalade,
actress/comedienne Lady Bunny fights for equal rights for all of
God's creatures -- particularly drag queens and other furry animals
-- and makes us scream with laughter while she's doing it. The founder
of Wigstock, Lady Bunny is definitely a hare-do! This is her first
fraank Awards nomination and her first win.
Although he has never made love to Billy Bob Thornton -- on screen
-- Bobby Rivers is widely considered to the be Halle Berry of hosting.
Part Bear, part Blacktress, Rivers opened the doors for other flambouyant
hosts as the first openly gay and openly African-American VH1 vee-jay.
This is his first fraank Awards nomination and
his first win.
Village Voice columnist Michael Musto didn't invent the word "Downtown"
but he has always defined it. One of only two known Italian-American
only children, he has managed to combine uproarious comedy, incisive
commentary and bold gay activism into a must-read column that has
aged even less than he has. That Bitch. This is his first fraank
Awards nomination and his first win.
A clarinet virtuoso and longtime Krusty Krab cashier, Squidward
Tentacles has been putting the Bottom in Bikini Bottom since 1999.
The wind beneath the skate wings of a certain porous yellow TV sensation,
he was overlooked in the recent gay cartoon characters scandal...much
to his dismay. This is his first fraank Awards
nomination and his first win.
A heterosexual womain so homo-friendly that she once ended up on
the Out 100, Lizz Winstead has garnered a cult following among "the
gays" as the co-creator of "The Daily Show" and a
founder of "Air America." The 1998 recipient of the Red
Vadge of Courage, this is her first fraank Awards
nomination and her first win.
Frank Maya was a gay comedy pioneer who opened the doors for so
many of us. As one of the first openly gay stand-up comedians, he
encouraged others to come out...laughing. He imagined a future for
gay comedians -- one in which they not only found mainstream success
but had families to share their lives with offstage. He imagined
his kids, running around a gorgeous Palm Springs patio, screaming
"Daddy's a Fag! Daddy's a FAG!"..."Shut up,"
he'd say, "gay jokes paid for that pool." Frank Maya was
taken from us way too early, but his legacy won't be forgotten.
A writer/comedian/radio show host who takes matters -- and anything
edible -- into his own hands, Frank DeCaro has raised self-absorption
to an art form. His book -- about himself -- and his groundbreaking
newspaper column -- also about himself -- won praise from critics
but failed to buy him a condo. This is the first fraank
Awards nomination for the "Nattering Star-Fucker"
and his first win.