Yesterday GLAAD announced the nominees for its 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, and several of the nominees are about out LGBT athletes as the mainstream media is paying more attention to the changing culture in professional sports, more high-profile athletes are coming out, and events like the Olympic games in Sochi are throwing a spotlight on global treatment of LGBT people.
The ESPN network's E:60 was nominated for a story about NBA player Kenneth Faried and his two moms called "The Rebounder," while ESPN The Magazine was nominated for its cover story "Owning the Middle" by Kate Fagan, which profiled out WNBA player Brittney Griner. ESPN The Magazine published several LGBT-inclusive articles this year, earning it another nomination for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage.
In Digital Jouranlism, out trans MMA fighter Fallon Fox received a nomination for sharing her story with SportsIllustrated.com in "How Fallon Fox Became the First Known Transgender Athlete in MMA," while Outsports.com was nominated for Cyd Zeigler's "Coming Out Kicking" about gay college football kicker Allen Gendreau. The Ellen DeGeneres Show received a nomination for Ellen's interview with Fred Rosser (aka WWE Superstar Darren Young).
Several of the entertainment nominees also featured storylines about gay athletes, including Necessary Roughness and Drop Dead Diva, both of which were nominated in the Outstanding Individual Episode category for stories of professional athletes coming out of the closet. The protagonist of the limited release film Geography Club is a gay teen who agrees to join the football team so he can spend time with his closeted boyfriend. And out NBA player Jason Collins and his family were the focus of an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Find out how you can buy tickets or host a table here.
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