At their annual ceremony in New York, GLAAD (website) honoured Sir Elton John with the organization's Vito Russo Entertainer Award. The award is presented to an openly lesbian or gay individual who has achieved excellence in a specific area of media and has furthered the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through her/his work. Among the other special guests attending were: Willem Dafoe, Kyle MacLachlan, Elle MacPherson, Julianne Moore, Brooke Shields and Hilary Swank.