LOS ANGELES - Two ABC series were in repeats - as winners - at the annual GLAAD awards honouring good work in media presentations of gays and lesbians.

"Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty" received awards for outstanding drama and comedy series during the 19th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Both shows, which feature openly gay or transsexual regular characters, received the same awards last year from GLAAD.

Also honoured was Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who won the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The award is named for the late casting director who fought homophobia in the entertainment industry.

On "Brothers & Sisters," Matthew Rhys plays Kevin, a lawyer sibling whose dating life is frequently depicted on the drama.

"Ugly Betty" features Marc St. James, the flamboyantly gay assistant played by Michael Urie, as well as Alexis Meade, the transsexual editor played by Rebecca Romijn.

Other winners included Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" for outstanding reality program, and Janet Jackson for the Vanguard Award.

The GLAAD awards honour individuals and projects in media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The awards are split into four ceremonies, held in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco in March, April and May.

GLAAD: www.glaad.org

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