In her opening remarks Saturday at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, host Naya Rivera,who plays Santana on the Fox musical-comedy Glee, said “playing gay is good in every way.”

At the final installment of the media watchdog group's awards show, Sex and the City 2 star Kim Cattrall was honored with the group's Golden Gate Award, which is presented to a media professional who, through his or her work, has increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.

“Kim Cattrall has not only grown acceptance of our community through storylines on shows like Sex and the City, but used her platform to speak out for equality,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios in a statement. “We are proud to honor such a talented and passionate advocate.”

The lesbian moms film The Kids Are All Right won best film in wide release.

8: The Mormon Proposition, which focuses on the roll the Mormon Church played in getting California's gay marriage ban approved, won best documentary, and Christina Chavez took home the group's Outstanding Spanish-Language Music Artist award.

Rivera told the crowd that she was led to believe that she was attending the GLEED awards and shared with them her prepared speech.

“Thank you for this amazing honor,” Rivera said, “I couldn't have done it without the incredible on-air lesbians who came before me.”

She went on to name several television characters, including “that girl who everyone thinks is me on Pretty Little Liars,” referring to Shay Mitchell.

“I am here to tell you that playing gay is good in every way. And that hopefully the huge increases in gay and lesbian characters will lead to more diverse and transgender-inclusive storylines.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)