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GLAAD Announces Nominees, Special Honorees for 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by IBM

Milk, True Blood, Torchwood, Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom, Ghost Whisperer, Freeheld, Transamerican Love Story, The Early Show, GQ, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Kenneth Cole, Aquí y Ahora Among Nominees

Richard Ferraro
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January 27, 2009

Tyra Banks, Suze Orman to be Honored in New York

More Information:
English Language Nominees
Spanish Language Nominees
Special Honoree Bios
Facts & Figures About Nominees


January 27, 2009, Los Angeles, CA – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today the nominees and honorees for its 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by IBM. Among the nominees: Gus Van Sant's Academy Award®-nominated film Milk, Woody Allen's Academy Award®-nominated film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Patrik-Ian Polk's big-screen adaptation of his hit sitcom Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom, BBC America's hit shows Torchwood and Skins, HBO's vampire drama True Blood, the episodes "Ghostfacers" from Supernatural and "Slam" from Ghost Whisperer, Logo reality shows Shirts & Skins and Transamerican Love Story, MSNBC programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and Spanish-language nominees Aquí y Ahora, Ventaneando América, Noticiero Telemundo, Hoy and Paparazzi TV.

"The 20th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how media representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have evolved over the past two decades, clearly helping shape and evolve people's hearts and minds about LGBT people," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "GLAAD's media advocacy and anti-defamation work as a resource for media professionals, combined with enabling LGBT people and allies to be compelling storytellers, has played a significant role in stories about our lives achieving greater visibility and being more compelling, honest, and real than ever before. We are proud to recognize all of this year's GLAAD Media Awards nominees."

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 28, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE; and in San Francisco on May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco.

GLAAD also announced the Special Honorees for the New York ceremony: Tyra Banks will receive the Excellence in Media Award and Suze Orman will receive the Vito Russo Award. Information about both honorees may be found at www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/specialhonorees.php. Special Honorees for Los Angeles and San Francisco will be announced at a later date.

"Tyra Banks and Suze Orman have used their positions of power within the media to become strong advocates on behalf of the LGBT community," Giuliano said. "They are changing hearts and minds, opening people's eyes to our common humanity, and it is our privilege to honor them."

In addition to 125 nominees in 26 English-language categories, and 60 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories, GLAAD also announced that it would present Special Recognition awards to The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later - The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard, a two-hour documentary broadcast on Sirius XM Radio; and to Lucía Méndez, an actress and singer who campaigned to bring awareness to the issue of LGBT teen suicide.

In the competitive categories, broadcast networks and cable networks each garnered 22 nominations. Among the broadcast networks, ABC came away with six nominees, while Logo led cable networks with five nominations.

A complete list of English language nominees are available at:
www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/nominees.php.

A complete list of Spanish language nominees are available at:
www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/spanishnominees.php.

Additional facts about this year's 185 nominees are available at:

www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/tipsheet.php.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.

The 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Nearly 1,000 media projects were considered by over 75 volunteers serving on seven nominating juries. This year, more than 5,000 people will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, raising more than $3.5 million for the organization's work.

More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting corporate partner IBM, New York Presenting corporate partner Prudential, and Los Angeles Presenting corporate partner ABSOLUT® VODKA. GLAAD is also grateful to the event's Platinum Underwriters; Anheuser-Busch, Inc./Bud Light and the University of Phoenix. Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, Disney-ABC Television Group, HMS Media, MillerCoors, New York City Marriott & Renaissance Hotels, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Time Warner, and Wyndham Worldwide support the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards as Underwriter corporate partners.  

For a full list of corporate sponsors and information on how to become a corporate sponsor, or to become a table host, purchase tickets or place a tribute journal ad, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards or call (877) 519-7904.