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GLAAD Media Awards: A Night of Confusion

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Cynthia Nixon showed up at last night's GLAAD Media Awards as an out-and-proud lesbian — a big step, given her involuntary outing by gossip columns a few years back — but her showy $50,000 donation to the LGBT cause, announced by GLAAD president Neil Giuliano in front of a capacity crowd at the Marriot Marquis, came as an even bigger surprise. Particularly, as it turns out, to Nixon herself. "I don't know if it was a joke or a case of mistaken identity," she said when we bumped into her later. "I donated $1,000." (This morning we were greeted with a voice message from a GLAAD flack setting the record straight, as it were.)

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Patti LaBelle Will Cook You Dinner

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Name: Patti LaBelle
Age: 62
Job: Entertainer; receiving the Excellence in Media Award at tonight's GLAAD Media Awards
Neighborhood: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Denise Rich. What's the best meal you've eaten in New York? A meal I cooked in one of my hotel suites. I made a great meal for me and my crew. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? I try to touch people.

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