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Nominees Announced for 1st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising

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The nominees for the 1st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising presented by Southwest Airlines were announced on Monday.

Corporations like Progressive, Southwest, Wells Fargo, Travelocity and many others will be celebrated for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBT people in marketing and advertising campaigns.

MediaAwd"As with other forms of media, advertising has the power to change hearts and minds," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "Companies that promote fair, accurate and inclusive images of the LGBT community in advertising send an important message to their customers, to corporations and to any consumer who sees their ads. We will be recognizing those companies that do just that, and in so doing, set a standard to which other companies may aspire."

GLAAD will also honor Subaru for the corporation’s longstanding and public commitment to the LGBT consumer, as well as Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams for including LGBT stories in advertising for their company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and for their personal efforts to advocate for LGBT equality.

For a complete list of nominees and ads, please visit www.glaad.org/advertisingawards/nominees.

The 1st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising presented by Southwest Airlines will be held in New York City on October 27, 2009 at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit www.glaad.org/advertisingawards.