GLAAD announced the nominees on Wednesday for its 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to Americans.
Among the nominees are Tom Ford's Golden Globe®-nominated film A Single Man, Lee Daniel's Golden Globe®-nominated film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, Ang Lee's latest film Taking Woodstock, the film Little Ashes, starring Robert Pattinson, AMC's acclaimed drama Mad Men, Fox's hit show Glee, and ABC’s new hit comedy Modern Family.
"Words and images matter," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "With these awards, we seek to recognize news coverage and entertainment programming that go beyond stock stereotypes with LGBT storylines that more fully reflect the challenges gay and transgender people face and the aspirations we hold for ourselves and our families.
“News and entertainment media that present richer, more diverse representations help Americans understand and embrace their gay and transgender family members, friends and neighbors in a more meaningful way. We are proud to recognize all of this year's GLAAD Media Awards nominees.”
GLAAD also announced that Cynthia Nixon will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the New York ceremony. The Vito Russo Award is named after a founding member of GLAAD and is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.
GLAAD also announced that the cast of the Broadway sensation Hair would receive Special Recognition for their commitment to raising visibility for marriage equality.
Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming will host the ceremony in New York on March 13, 2010. The San Francisco event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer Bruce Vilanch on June 5 at The Westin St. Francis. And the Los Angeles ceremonies will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 17.
GLAAD invites you to join us in honoring our nominees for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
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