Today, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, and the list includes numerous bisexual-related stories and bi+ characters, spanning from the small to silver screen; to online providers; from comic books to music; who made an impact on the media in 2015.
According to GLAAD's Where We Are on TV report, bisexual representations rose in 2015 on both broadcast and cable with a notable increase of bisexuals appearing on cable programs. Unfortunately, many of these characters still fall into dangerous stereotypes about bisexual people. However, a growing number of moments in entertainment captured well-rounded, responsible, and diverse depictions of bisexuality, and GLAAD is celebrating those moments with Media Award nominations.
From the recently-divorced doctor, Callie Tores on Grey's Anatomy, who is proudly out to her coworkers; to Miley Cyrus, whose persona pervades the media and brings perhaps unparalleled attention to genderqueer and pansexual identities; to How to Get Away with Murder's complex powerhouse Annalise Keating; to the laugh-out-loud funny yet truthfully human Appropriate Behavior, in which Shirin navigates being a bisexual Persian young woman in and out of her first same-sex relationship; to Andrea Stanley's "Just Your Average (Transgender) Teen," and Jazz Jennings, bringing lives of trans members of the bi+ community to teen and young adult readers; and more, many of the nominees highlight what it means to be bisexual and living at the intersections of various identities.
— Andrea Stanley (@AndreaStanley) October 19, 2015
Shows like Orange is the New Black and Transparent, in which characters attracted to more than one gender are essentially ubiquitous, and the film Tig, a documentary following lesbian comedian Tig Notaro and her committed relationship with (and eventually marriage to) her bisexual partner Stephanie, illustrate the growing representation of bi+ lives through ground-breaking media spaces, like Amazon and Netflix.
Check out the full list of bi-inclusive Media Awards nominees this year:
OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
52 Tuesdays (Kino Lorber)
Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures)
Boy Meets Girl (Wolfe Video)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Faking It (MTV)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Arrow (The CW)
Black Sails (Starz)
The Fosters (ABC Family)
Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Orphan Black (BBC America)
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
I Am Jazz (TLC)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (Smiley Miley, Inc.)
OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
Angela: Queen of Hel, written by Marguerite Bennett (Marvel Comics)
Harley Quinn, written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (DC Comics)
The Wicked + Divine, written by Kieron Gillen (Image Comics)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
"Jazz Jennings" The Meredith Viera Show (syndicated)
OUSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
"Just Your Average (Transgender) Teen" by Andrea Stanley (Seventeen)
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 2, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Find out how you can buy tickets or host a table here.
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