Modern Family and Glee receive Glaad awards

Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson Modern Family stars Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson accepted the best comedy series award

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US comedies Modern Family and Glee have been honoured by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad) at a Los Angeles ceremony.

The shows tied for best comedy series for their portrayal of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

Project Runway won the reality TV award after featuring a contestant who publicly revealed he was HIV positive.

I Love You, Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, was named outstanding film on limited release.

Former Will and Grace star Sean Hayes presented Broadway and TV actress Kristin Chenoweth with the Vanguard award.

According to Glaad, the prize is handed out to those who increase visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.

NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt received the Stephen F Folzak award, an accolade presented to an openly LGBT media professional who, in Glaad's eyes, has made a difference in promoting equality for the community.

Winners were announced in 25 of this year's 32 media categories last month. Singer Ricky Martin and the TV shows True Blood and 30 Rock were among those recognised.

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