Grey's Anatomy Earns GLAAD Honor

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Grey's Anatomy, known for its controversial medical-themed drama plot, has proven itself to be worthy of yet another honor.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a non-profit organization dedicated in promoting the fair and accurate representation of gay people in events and media, has awarded ABC's Grey's Anatomy for its outstanding individual episode entitled Where the Boys Are.

"Where the Boys Are," which aired on November 9, 2006, features a man, Daniel, who wants a sexual reassignment surgery and who now goes under the name Donna.

Initially, Daniel's wife of the past 10 years was astonished to discover that he wanted the surgery. After much resistance, she decided to stay by his side and support him.

Joe & Walter

The episode also features the show's recurring gay character, Joe the bartender (right), and his boyfriend, Walter, both of whom accompany the surgeons on their camping trip.

Grey's Anatomy was recognized despite an unpleasant issue last year, regarding its cast member Isaiah Washington using a gay slur about co-actor T.R. Knight. Later, he apologized and entered a rehab facility to seek counseling.

The GLAAD award is just one of the numerous recognitions Grey's Anatomy has obtained since 2006. Other awards included a Producers Guild Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, NAACP Image Award, Emmy Award, and Television Critics Award just to name a few.

Apart from Grey's Anatomy, Little Miss Sunshine won outstanding film in the wide release category.

In addition, Brothers & Sisters also earned the outstanding drama series award, while Ugly Betty took home the award for outstanding television comedy series. Furthermore, Jennifer Aniston, actress best known for her inclusion on Friends, won the Vanguard Award.

The 18th annual event, held Saturday, April 14, consisted of 42 categories, divided into four ceremonies, held in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)