Yesterday, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards, the annual awards ceremony that acknowledges and lauds the work of celebrities, media professionals and community advocates who have contributed to the positive and accurate representation of the LGBT people in the media. This year, the nominees include a number of African-American LGBT individuals and allies whose visibility helps expand the conversation about LGBT issues and challenges the misconception that being LGBT, or an ally, is exclusive to being white and male. These nominees include a diverse range of characters, personalities and issues, and we continue to urge the media to spotlight more of these types of stories.
Frank Ocean, heralded as "one of the music industry's most celebrated artists of last year" by BET.com, has been nominated for Outstanding Music Artist category, garnering media attention from VIBE and Ebony.com:
— EBONY Magazine (@EBONYMag) January 17, 2013
Oprah Winfrey is nominated for her Next Chapter interview "At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins," which explored the couples home life and the realities of being gay dads, as is Bryan Gumbel for his "The Last Closet" segment about being gay in professional sports.
Actress and trans advocate Laverne Cox (Musical Chairs) and television producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) tweeted their excitement about being nominated.
Melissa Harris-Perry, whose show is nominated in the Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine category for her segment “Being Transgender in America,” responded to an email from GLAAD about the nomination: “I burst into tears (and immediately Tweeted this) as soon as I read it. I can't think of an award that could mean more to me to have MHP Show recognized for. “
Marc Lamont Hill is nominated for his Ebony.com article "Why Aren't We Fighting for CeCe McDonald" Outstanding Digitial Journalism Article.
Check out the full list of GLAAD Media Awards nominees here. The winners will be announced in New York on March 16; Los Angeles on April 20; and San Francisco on May 11.
Congratulations to all of the GLAAD Media Awards nominees!