Cynthia Nixon and Joy Behar were honored for their gay advocacy Saturday night at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.

Nixon, who plays Miranda on Sex and the City, took home the Vito Russo Award, while Behar, host of CNN Headline New's The Joy Behar Show, was presented with an Excellence in Media Award.

The openly lesbian Nixon campaigned heavily last year for passage of a gay marriage bill that ultimately died in the New York Senate. She appeared often at rallies and demonstrations with her fiancee, Christine Marinoni.

“Cynthia Nixon has been a vocal and visible advocate who has transformed cultural attitudes about our community,” Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), said in January. “She is a perfect example of how sharing your personal story and speaking out for marriage equality can inspire change among fair-minded Americans. It is our privilege to honor her.”

ABC's Brothers & Sisters was named outstanding drama series. The Sunday night staple features gay couple Kevin and Scotty, who are attempting to become dads this season.

Other winners include MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, the Lifetime network film Prayers for Bobby, which stars Sigourney Weaver as a Christian mother coming to terms with the death of her gay son, and NBC's Parks and Recreation.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize positive portrayals of the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in 41 categories, including television, film, web and print media. Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 17 and in San Francisco on June 5.