22ND ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS TIP SHEET

TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINEES: 147

(114 English, 33 Spanish-language)

TOTAL NUMBER OF GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS CATEGORIES: 32

(23 English, 9 Spanish-language)

CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION:

GLAAD Media Awards nominees are selected by Nominating Juries using the following four criteria:

  • Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representations – Rather than portraying the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in broad stereotypes, the project deals with the characters or themes in a fair, accurate, and multidimensional manner.  Inclusive means that the diversity of the LGBT community is represented.
  • Boldness and Originality – The project breaks new ground by exploring LGBT subject matter in nontraditional ways and handles the LGBT content in a fresh and original manner.
  • Impact – The project has significant cultural impact.  The media project dramatically increases the cultural dialogue about LGBT issues or reaches an audience that is not regularly exposed to LGBT images and issues.
  • Overall Quality – A project of extremely high quality adds significance to the images and issues portrayed and draws more viewers or readers to the material.  Fair, accurate and inclusive images may be weakened when they are part of a poor-quality project.

FACTS ABOUT THE NOMINEES:

  • The discrimination faced by gay and lesbian service members and the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law are covered in several nominees: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (series) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), "Katie Miller: Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Outside the Lines (ESPN), "Don't Ask…" CBS Sunday Morning (CBS), "Images of Protest" ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC), "The Camera in the Closet: Gay Service Members Speak Out to ABC News About Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by Mary Kathryn Burke (ABCNews.com), "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hurts African-American Women the Most" by Lynette Holloway (TheRoot.com), and "Kicked Out But Ready to Go Back" by Jon Groat (Newsweek.com)
  • The lives and stories of LGBT youth received significant attention in the media this year. Scripted nominees addressing the experience of LGBT youth include Easy A (Screen Gems), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal Pictures), La Mission (Screen Media Ventures), Degrassi (TeenNick), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), Glee (Fox), GREEK (ABC Family), and the United States of Tara (Showtime).  Nominated journalists covered issues like bullying and homelessness in "Gay Teen Suicides" (series) Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), "Gay Teens Talk Their Truth" CNN Newsroom (CNN), "Coming Out, Fitting In" by Rosemary Winters (The Salt Lake Tribune), and "It’s a Shocking Trend: Gay Teens Being Bullied to the Point of Suicide" by Kenneth Miller (Ladies' Home Journal),
  • The transgender community is represented in nominees like Degrassi (TeenNick), "Queen of Mean" Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), Prodigal Sons (First Run Features), TRANSform Me (VH1), "Transgender Kids: Too Young to Decide?" The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated), "Transitions" Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO), "Just Another Girl (Who Used to be a Boy)" by Genevieve Field (Glamour) and "What Happens When You Find the One...And He's Nothing – Nothing – Like You Expected?" by Allison Cooper (O, The Oprah Magazine)
  • The Salt Lake Tribune received three nominations, one in each Newspaper category: Outstanding Newspaper Columnist (Peg Mcentee), Outstanding Newspaper Article, and Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage.

MULTIPLE NOMINEES:

Film Studios
Screen Gems (2)

Broadcast Networks [11 total]
ABC (4)
NBC (3)
CBS (2)

Cable Networks [22 total]
HBO (3)
ABC Family (2)
CNN (2)
Lifetime (2)
MSNBC (2)
Showtime (2)
Sundance (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
Salt Lake Tribune (3)
Advocate (1) / Advocate.com  (1)
Newsweek.com (2)
NY Times (2)
Washington Post (2)

Comic Book Publisher
Marvel Comics (2)

SPANISH-LANGUAGE CATEGORIES

Television Networks
Univision (10)
Telemundo (6)
CNN en Español (2)

Television Shows
Casos de Familia  (Univision) (2)
Caso Cerrado (Telemundo) (2)
Primer Impacto (Univision)(2)

Newspapers & Magazines
People en Español (2) / PeopleenEspañol.com (1)
TvNotas USA (2)

Contacts:

Mary Kaye Daniels
BWR
(212) 901-3938 (o)
marykaye.daniels@bwr-ny.com

Kelly Striewski
BWR
(310) 550-7776 (o)
kstriewski@bwr-la.com

Rich Ferraro
GLAAD
(646) 871-8011 (o)
ferraro@glaad.org