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Peabody Awards honor several LGBT-inclusive films and series including 'Orphan Black,' 'Orange is the New Black,' 'How to Survive a Plague' and more

The annual Peabody Awards recognizing outstanding TV programs, films, and other media formats telling groundbreaking stories with real social impact have announced their winners, including honors for several LGBT-inclusive films, documentaries and series.

GLAAD Media Award nominees highlight racial diversity in LGBT portrayals in news and entertainment #GLAADAwards

This morning, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards and many of this year's nominees included out characters of color telling important stories and reflecting the true diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The most intriguing new LGBT characters of 2013

Though the number of new LGBT characters on TV fell slightly this year, there were still quite a few noteworthy, new ones in entertainment media that truly stood out from the crowd. Some of them were a big hit with audiences while others broke molds and defied stereotypes, but all of them helped make 2013 increasingly diverse when it came to LGBT representations.

2013 TV plotlines that addressed real world LGBT issues

When scripted television turns to real-world issues faced by LGBT people for inspiration, they are also helping to educate viewers and foster greater understanding, which studies have shown translates to positive shifts in public opinion. Here are a few of the shows that tackled the LGBT community's lives and challenges in 2013, in no particular order.

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