This past Saturday, 9 recipients in Spanish-language categories were announced at the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. This year's outstanding slate of recipients and nominees in Spanish-Language categories reflected a trend of increased coverage of transgender issues as well as the intersection between LGBT and immigration issues.
Among the recipients are Ricky Martin, who received the Outstanding Music Artist award for his album Música + Alma + Sexo (Music + Soul + Sex). Martin responded to his GLAAD Media Award nod by dedicating the honor to Chilean hate crime victim, 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio, who was brutally attacked because of his sexual orientation and left in a coma earlier this month. While promoting his tour and music, Ricky Martin gave numerous excellent interviews in which he discussed his year as an out man, his family and partner.
El Diario la Prensa, New York City’s largest Spanish-language daily and the nation’s oldest Spanish-Language newspaper, received a Special Recognition award for its excellent and frequent coverage of LGBT issues as well as for its very public support of marriage equality in New York State, providing an invaluable role for the region’s Latino community.
And the rest of the recipients are:
- Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: "Lesbianas celebran 10 años” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo) - This daily court program showcased the story of a lesbian couple who sued two restaurant owners for insulting and humiliating them at their 10th anniversary dinner in front of their families. After reviewing evidence, Dr. Polo sided with the couple.
- Outstanding Talk Show Interview: “Entrevista con Raquel Gómez y Mony Ruiz Velasco” Al Punto (Univision) - In this segment a transgender detainee in an Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) facility and her attorney were asked to recall the woman’s story of abuse in federal detention. Respected anchor Jorge Ramos brought much-needed attention to the stories of gay and transgender Latinos who often suffer disproportionately (and silently) while in custody.
- Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: "Asesino" Primer Impacto (Univision) - This segment covered the rash of hate-motivated murders of LGBT people in Honduras that at the time had gone without proper investigation . Correspondent Ricardo Arambarri’s ambitious report called attention to the discrepancies in the numbers of murders of gay and transgender people as reported by the country’s Human Rights Ministry and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, demonstrating the obstacles to ensuring proper investigation for these murders and also safety and protection for LGBT people in the country.
- Outstanding TV Journalism Segment": Ángeles de cambio” Noticiero 34 (KMEX TV-34, Los Angeles, CA) - In this 3-part series Los Angeles reporter Cecilia Bográn showcased the lives of several transgender men and women, telling their stories in ways rarely seen in media. One segment showed a Latino trans man with his mom, who loves her son even as she struggles to accept his gender identity and with his girlfriend, as part of a happy and supportive young couple
- Outstanding Newspaper Article: TIE:
- "Casamiento e hijos biológicos para pareja gay hispana de EEUU" by Claudia Torrens (Associated Press)- This article featured a Latino gay couple’s journey to becoming parents to two biological offspring. Insight is given into the costly and arduous selection process of finding the right donor for ovules. Given the couples strong ties to Latin America, the piece also confronted the international and cultural debate about marriage equality and LGBT adoption rights in the region.
- "Madre hay una sola, no necesariamente" by Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión) - This Mother’s Day article used as its title the Spanish saying of “we only have one mother” and added “not necessarily,” to take readers into the lives of several households headed by two moms. The writer sought out and interviewed a variety of moms, from those who adopted through the county system, to those with kids previous relationships and infants together and those raising a family member’s child, to create an interesting and ambitious portrait of what it means to a house headed by two moms.
- Outstanding Digital Journalism: "Las 7 señales de un niño transgénero" by Paula Andalo (Univision.com) - This photo essay began by telling Chaz Bono’s story and explaining his role in boosting the visibility of transgender people. The piece delved into transgender people in history and legal challenges, debunked myths and offered parental advice on how to best support a transgender child.
- Outstanding Magazine Article: "Nueva York ♥ la igualdad" by Michelle Oyola (People en Español) - This double-page pictorial featured snapshots of six couples who married in New York on July 24, the first day same-sex couples could legally wed. By picking great photos of a diverse group of couples, the magazine is certain to have touched the hearts of its considerable worldwide readership.