Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of the NBC series Smash, were honored Saturday night at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York City.

Glee co-stars Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith hosted the first installment of the awards recognizing positive portrayals of the gay community in film, television, radio, music, newspapers and the Internet.

Broadway diva Bernadette Peters presented the Vito Russo Award to Zadan and Meron, whose projects include the musicals Chicago and Hairspray.

In accepting the award, Zadan said that being gay was “part of who I am, so it impacts the work that we do.”

Michigan high school student Katy Butler received a special award recognizing her advocacy against the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) decision to give the documentary film Bully an R rating. Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein present Butler with the award.

(Related: Gay teen Katy Butler protests film Bully's R rating.)

ABC's Dancing With The Stars won outstanding reality TV program for featuring its first transgender contestant, Chaz Bono.

The film Pariah, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, won outstanding film in limited release. In the movie, Alike, an African-American teen, is living with her conservative parents and sister in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood as she begins to affirm her identity as a lesbian. Alike is especially eager to find love.

Lady Gaga won outstanding music artist. And an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show titled Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests won best talk-show episode.