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GLAAD announces nominees for 33rd Annual Media Awards

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization has announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. 

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally. The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Ketel One Family Made Vodka.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2022 and in New York at the Hilton Midtown on Friday, May 6, 2022.

“Media can create positive change and this year’s nominees represent powerful projects, stories, and creators that positively shifted culture and enlightened audiences with new and impactful LGBTQ stories,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “There are more nominees this year than ever before, highlighting a growing landscape of LGBTQ visibility, and serving as a reminder to the critical role that film, television, music, journalism, and other forms of media can play in growing LGBTQ acceptance in the face of ongoing attacks against our community.”

A Snapshot of 2021

  • Streaming services saw a total of 63 nominees, with cable receiving 39 nominations, and broadcast networks receiving 17 nominations.
  • HBO/HBO Max scored the most nominations of any network with a total of 19 nominees, followed by Netflix with 17 nominees.
  • Hulu received 7 nominations, while ABC, MSNBC, and Peacock all received 4 nominations.
  • In the Spanish-language categories, Univision and Telemundo both received two nominations.

Transgender Issues in Focus

In an unprecedented year of anti-trans violence and discriminatory legislation, transgender talent, characters and issues were centered.

Of the 30 television shows nominated across Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding New TV Series, 18 feature trans and/or nonbinary characters, including: Pose9-1-1: Lone StarThe ChiGood TroubleGrey’s AnatomyThe L Word: Generation QStar Trek: DiscoverySupergirlGentefiedSaved by the BellSex EducationShrillWork in Progress4400The Sex Lives of College GirlsSort OfWith Love, and Y: The Last Man.

Other nominated shows and films featuring trans and/or nonbinary people or characters include: West Side StoryChanging the GamePier KidsGossamer FoldsPort AuthorityThe Lady and The DaleNo Ordinary ManPrideNash BridgesRurangi, I Am Jazz, LegendaryMTV’s Following: Bretman RockQueer EyeRuPaul’s Drag RaceThe VoiceWe’re HereRidley Jones, “Whatever Floats Your Float” Madagascar: A Little WildCity of Ghosts, “Manlee Men” Danger ForcePequeñas Victorias, and Todo lo otro.

People Of Color In Focus

A large number of nominees at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards also include powerful and impactful stories about LGBTQ people of color. In the film and television categories, those nominees include: Eternals, tick, tick… BOOM!Breaking FastGossamer FoldsThe Obituary of Tunde JohnsonPlan BPort AuthorityTu Me ManquesTwilight’s KissChanging the GameCuredFleeThe Legend of the UndergroundNo Ordinary ManPier KidsPrideGentefiedLove, VictorSaved by the BellSex EducationShrill, TwentiesWork in Progress, 9-1-1: Lone StarBatwomanThe ChiGood TroubleThe L Word: Generation QPoseStar Trek: Discovery4400HacksHarlemThe Sex Lives of College GirlsSort OfWith LoveY: The Last ManYellowjacketsThe Fear Street TriologySingle All The WayUnder the Christmas TreeDopesickHalstonIt’s A SinLittle BirdsLove LifeMaster of None Presents: Moments in LoveRurangi12 Dates of ChristmasFamily KarmaI Am JazzLegendaryMTV’s Following: Bretman RockRuPaul’s Drag RaceWe’re HereDoogie Kamealoha, MDHigh School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesThe Owl HouseAmphibia, among others.

New Categories Honored

GLAAD announced 246 nominees in 30 categories, including two new categories: Outstanding New TV Series and Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology. As LGBTQ representation continues to expand across television and streaming, the Outstanding New TV Series recognizes scripted comedy or drama series in their first season that include impactful LGBTQ stories. The Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology category recognizes an original graphic novel or an anthology of short stories appearing in the same book released by a mainstream publisher and its subsidiary labels.

“After decades of LGBTQ characters being excluded, sidelined, or misrepresented on television, it is incredibly powerful to see how many series introduced fresh, impactful, and fully developed LGBTQ characters and storylines in their first season, many of which were some of the most beloved shows of the year,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “The introduction of the Outstanding New TV Series category recognizes the shows and creators getting LGBTQ inclusion right from the beginning, and encourages other showrunners to include LGBTQ characters and stories that enlighten and entertain in new projects.”

Each year, GLAAD presents non-competitive Special Recognition Awards to media projects that do not fit into one of the existing GLAAD Media Awards categories. For the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD is presenting Special Recognition honors to eight media projects that spotlighted diverse segments of the LGBTQ community in innovative ways. The eight media projects include: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson [filmed reading + performance]; “Alok Vaid-Menon” 4D with Demi Lovato (Cadence13/OBB Sound/SB Projects); CODED: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker (Paramount+); Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider; The Laverne Cox Show (Shondaland Audio/iHeartMedia); Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News); Outsports’ Coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics; and “Celebrando el Mes del Orgullo” (Telemundo).

Barbara Gittings Award For Excellence In LGBTQ Media

This year’s recipient of the Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media is Franco Stevens, a pioneering lesbian journalist and founding publisher of Curve Magazine, one of the world’s leading lesbian lifestyle magazines. Launched as Deneuve in 1990, Curve Magazine has been pivotal in bringing mainstream attention to the lives and issues of the lesbian community at a time when both visibility and acceptance were extremely low, ultimately allowing many lesbians and queer women to feel seen and find community. After re-acquiring Curve Magazine in 2021, Stevens launched The Curve Foundation, a non-profit organization created to empower lesbians, queer women, trans and nonbinary people of all races, ages, and abilities to share stories, connect, and raise visibility.

For a full list of nominees go to glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees.

To purchase tickets for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, go to glaad.org/mediaawards/tickets.

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