However, this was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the diverse and talented nominees that GLAAD honored this year for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. Unfortunately, with 32 categories in all, there is only time for a handful of awards to be presented onstage. The awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Reality Program, and Outstanding TV Journalism Segment will be presented onstage in Los Angeles on April 10th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. But for now, here’s a look at some of the GLAAD Media Award recipients you might have missed.
This year was an important time for journalists to step up and present the facts on crucial issues facing America, and several award recipients were notable for their coverage of several teen suicide deaths and the issue of bullying in America. Anderson Cooper received the award for Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine for his series, “Gay Teen Suicides” on Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. Anderson devoted a week long nightly report to the tragedies, interviewing the families of the teens, as well as experts, educators and victims of harassment and cyber-bullying, while challenging those who oppose taking steps to stop anti-LGBT bullying. Judy Peet of The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ received the award for Outstanding Newspaper Article for “Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi’s Suicide Spurs Action Across U.S.”
Award recipients in the Spanish-language categories also addressed bullying in America. In “Aumenta el hostigamiento” from Univision’s Despierta América (Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment), the co-host interviews Masika Bermúdez, the mother of Jaheem Herrera, a young boy who died by suicide in April 2009. Also interviewed are openly gay Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald columnist Daniel Shoer Roth and psychologist Madeline Hernández. The award for Outstanding Spanish-Language Newspaper Article went to “Acosados hasta el punto del suicidio” in La Opinión. In this moving article, reporter Rubén Moreno interviews several people who were bullied as teenagers. The article focuses on the abuse many LGBT and LGBT-perceived youth deal with on a daily basis.
An exciting addition to the GLAAD Media Awards categories this year was the award for Outstanding Blog, given this year to Joe. My. God. Written by Joe Jervis, Joe. My. God. is a witty and insightful source of news and media content for the LGBT community. Using provocative interviews, quotes and videos, this blog vigorously exposes hypocrisy and hateful rhetoric in politics and the media. Joe. My. God. gained national attention this year for tracing an anti-gay comment posted on the blog to the offices of Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss. Through reporting and media attention, Joe obtained a public apology.
GLAAD’s journalism award recipients ranged from nationally known columnist Frank Rich of The New York Times (Outstanding Newspaper Columnist) to the more local Denver Post (Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage). Frank Rich covered topics ranging from the Proposition 8 decision in California to the anti-gay attitudes underlying support for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” But where Frank really shined was in columns that revealed how some in the right wing influenced policy for profit and worked to censor an important work in the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition featuring LGBT images. The Denver Post covered many issues of interest to the LGBT community this year – from reporting on the One Colorado Education Fund’s survey showing that safe schools for LGBT students and recognition of LGBT families are the most important issues for residents of the state, to the controversy which ensued after the Denver Archdiocese barred the child of a lesbian couple from enrolling in preschool. The Post also ran a strong editorial in favor of civil unions in Colorado.
GLAAD also honored LGBT media outlet The Advocate/Out with the award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. In addition to revealing interviews with openly LGBT personalities like Cynthia Nixon, Sean Hayes and Portia De Rossi, the magazine(s) also printed powerful articles on the persecution of LGBT people in Africa, the changing face of activism in Utah and a remembrance of the New York hospital that became ground zero for the AIDS crisis. And a special congratulations goes out to Kerry Eleveld, whose "View from Washington" series in Advocate.com won Outstanding Digital Journalism Article. Allison Cooper also deserves recognition for her article, "What Happens When You Find the One...And He's Nothing - Nothing - Like You Expected?" in O, The Oprah Magazine. This proudly personal story about falling in love with a transgender man and dealing with a sometimes ignorant world received the award for Outstanding Magazine Article.
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.