A remarkable group of honorees and award recipients were celebrated onstage at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards in New York. But with 32 categories, only a handful of the incredibly diverse and talented nominees were presented with awards onstage for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.
Additional awards in the entertainment categories will be presented onstage in Los Angeles on April 10 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and in San Francisco on May 14 at the Marriott Marquis, but here’s a look at some of the GLAAD Media Awards recipients from the entertainment world that have already been announced.
No one should miss out on listening to Night Work by The Scissor Sisters, the recipient of the award for Outstanding Music Artist. Their third album marks the glam rock band’s shift to a club-oriented sound that celebrates an unapologetic joie de vivre, blending dynamic dance beats and lyrics that proudly celebrate the LGBT community. From glitzy dance club songs to grittier introspective tracks, front man Jake Shears’ sparkling lyrics convey both excitement and wistful reflection. The band’s exuberant spirit permeates each song, providing a soundtrack for bold energy and panache.
GLAAD also honored Peter David for his book X-Factor which received the award for Outstanding Comic Book. X-Factor made headlines last year when, with a single passionate kiss, David outed not one but two long standing X-world characters, Shatterstar and Rictor, and kicked off a love story between the eager alien warrior and his human boyfriend. This year David fleshed out his witty and fearless take on their relationship.
Something Happened received the award in the Outstanding Los Angeles Theater category for L. Trey Wilson’s poignant tale about a middle-class African American couple, Deanna and Doug, who find their son Donovan embracing his classmate Raymond. While Donovan quickly begins to come out of the closet, his parents begin to worry and Doug remembers a past same-sex encounter of his own. Donovan’s relationship with Raymond begins to wane due to the fact that Raymond would much rather stay in the closet, and when Deanna and Doug confront their son, an emotional scene unfolds.
Shifting back and forth between the 1950s and the twenty-first century, The Pride took home the award in the Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway category as it followed the lives of Philip, Sylvia, and Oliver. Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell deftly contrasted the relationships between the two time periods. In the 1950s, Philip must keep his romance with Oliver secret as his wife Sylvia is torn apart by her husband’s secret affair, while fifty years into the future, Philip and Oliver are out and breaking up and Sylvia is Philip's supportive best friend.
The award in the Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway category was given to Harrison David Rivers for his play When Last We Flew, which told the moving story of Paul, who is young, gay, black, and stuck in Kansas. When he discovers the only copy of Angels in America in his school’s library, he proceeds to read it 100 times behind a locked bathroom door, escaping the guilt of his belief that his father left their family because of his sexual orientation. Paul’s out best friend Ian is in love with him, and a trio is formed when a Catholic school dropout named Natalie joins their class. However, it isn’t until The Angel, in numerous guises, helps Paul that he finally discovers and accepts himself.
¿Dónde está Elisa? received the award in the Outstanding Novela category for following the lives of the Altamira family as they are changed forever after the disappearance of Mariano Altamira’s oldest daughter Elisa. Meanwhile, Mariano’s business partner José Ángel Rincón struggles to come to terms with his sexual orientation. The groundbreaking nightly novela follows José Angel as he juggles his deeply intimate yet secret relationship with Ricardo (his wife Viviana’s best friend) and his fear of rejection by his family, ultimately coming out to himself and his family in a moving and impactful way.
A complete list of the GLAAD Media Award recipients announced in New York can be found here. Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday, April 10, and in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on Saturday, May 14.