28th Annual GLAAD Media Award nominees recognize outstanding portrayals of trans stories #glaadawards

Today GLAAD announced the nominees for the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, and one-third of the nominees include outstanding portrayals of transgender people and characters. Of the 156 nominees, 51 are trans-inclusive (41 in English and 10 in Spanish). 

Television, comic books, and journalism led the way with outstanding transgender representations this year, while films continue to lag far behind.

In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, Transparent (Amazon) received its third consecutive nomination, and Modern Family (ABC) included a trans youth in one episode. 

In the Outstanding Drama Series category, The Fosters (Freeform) earned its fourth nomination. This year the show added a trans character, Aaron, played by Elliot Fletcher, who is also trans. Shameless (Showtime) picked up its fifth nomination, also casting Elliot Fletcher as Trevor, a trans guy who is the new romantic interest for Ian Gallagher (pictured left). Receiving its first nomination, the Netflix original series The OA included trans student Buck Vu (pictured right), played by Ian Alexander who is also trans. Buck is one of the eleven main characters who appear in all eight episodes. 

In the Outstanding Individual Episode category, Drunk History (Comedy Central) picked up its first nomination for the episode "Bar Fights," (pictured left) which tells the story of how trans advocates Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, played by Alexandra Grey and Trace Lysette (both of whom are trans), sparked the Stonewall Riots which are considered to be the start of the modern LGBTQ equality movement. 

In the Outstanding Documentary category, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' film The Trans List (HBO) features interviews by trans author and advocate Janet Mock (pictured right) profiling eleven transgender people, including Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Caitlyn Jenner, and Laverne Cox, who are able to personally and powerfully tell their stories in their own words, addressing identity, family, career, love, struggle, and accomplishment.

For the second year in a row, all five of the nominees for Oustanding Reality Program are trans-inclusive. Past co-award receipients I Am Cait (E!) and I Am Jazz (TLC) pick up second nominations, while newcomer Strut (Oxygen), which profiles trans models Dominique Jackson, Ren Spriggs, Laith De La Cruz, Isis King, and Arisce Wanzer (pictured left), earns its first. All three aforementioned nominees center around transgender people, while first-time nominee Gaycation (Viceland) and second-time nominee The Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen) round out the category with the deliberate inclusion of transgender people in their series.

In the Outstanding Music Category, Against Me! is nominated for their album Shape Shift with Me (pictured right). The band, whose lead singer is trans woman Laura Jane Grace, received the award in 2015 for the album Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

In the Outstanding Comic Book category, over half of the nominees (expanded this year from five to 10 nominees) include transgender characters and storylines: DC Comics Bombshells (DC Comics), Kim & Kim (Black Mask Studios), Love is Love (IDW Publishing, DC Comics), Lumberjanes (BOOM! Studios), Saga (Image Comics), and The Woods (BOOM! Studios).

For the second year in a row, the only nominee in the Outstanding Daily Drama category is The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS). In 2015, viewers learned that Maya, a series regular on the show, is a transgender woman. After disclosing her gender history to her boyfriend, Rick Forrester, he proposed and they were married. This past year they started a family when Maya's sister agreed to be their surrogate.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) receives its second nomination in the Outstanding Talk Show category for its interview with TransTech Social Enterprises founder Angelica Ross (pictured left), in which they covered topics whiched ranged from Ross' experience in the military to economic empowerment for trans people to the importance of intention and impact of language. 

Nominees for Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine include: "Gavin Grimm's Fight" Vice New Tonight (HBO), "Life as Matt" E:60 (ESPN), and "Switching Teams" 60 Minutes (CBS), a profile of Schuyler Bailar, a trans swimmer at Harvard. 

In the Outstanding TV Journalism Segment category, "Many in LGBT Community Fear Changes under Trump" NBC Nightly News (NBC) and "Troop Turnaround: U.S. Military Transgender Ban Ended by Pentagon" CBS This Morning (CBS) both featured transgender peoples' voices weighing in on fears about the new administration and the impact of lifting the ban on trans military service, respectively. 

Four of the five nominees in the Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia category addressed trans issues, including: "New Deep South: Kayla" (TheFront.com); "No Access: Young, Black & Positive" (Tonic.Vice.com); and "Willing and Able: Employment as a Transgender New Yorker" by Jordi Oliveres, Santiago Garcia Muñoz (Fusion.net). Of particular note is "Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives" by Meredith Talusan (Mic.com). Talusan's investigative journalism piece looked back at all of the transgender people murdered over the past 7 years, including demographic information for each victim, as well as tracking whether or not anyone was ever charged and/or convicted for the crime. This database will be updated going forward as more trans people lose their lives to violence.

GLAAD also announced that it was acknowledging two outstanding web series, Her Story and We’ve Been Around, with Special Recognition Awards. Both series were created by trans people. Produced, written, and acted by LGBTQ women, Her Story explores the dating lives of two trans women played by Jen Richards and Angelica Ross, both trans women. Her Story was also nominated for an Emmy Award this year for Outstanding Short Form Comedy. The short documentary series, We've Been Around, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Rhys Ernst, chronicles the stories of Lucy Hicks Anderson, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, Albert Cashier, Willmer "Little Axe" Broadnax, Lou Sullivan, and the founders of Camp Trans, celebrating them as transgender trailblazers.

Here are the remaining trans-inclusive nominees this year:


Outstanding Newspaper Article

Outstanding Magazine Article

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

Outstanding Blog

Here are the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Spanish-Language nominees that are trans-inclusive:

Outstanding Television Interview 

  • "Entrevista con Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen y su hijo Rodrigo Lehtinen" Al Punto (Univision)
  • "Entrevista con Congresista Ileana-Ros Lehtinen y Nicole Rose" Enfoque (Telemundo)

Outstanding Local Television Interview

  • "Aceptación" Todos los Géneros (Mira TV [Miami])

Outstanding Local Television Journalism

  • "La vida en transición" Telenoticias Washington (WZDC-Telemundo 25 [Washington D.C.])
  • "Ordenanza de baños" Noticias 23 (KUVN-Univision 23 [Dallas, Texas])

Outstanding Television Journalism - Newsmagazine

  • "Reto del corazón" Aquí y Ahora (Univision)
  • "Siempre fui Xander" Aquí y Ahora (Univision)

Outstanding Newspaper Article

  • "Las discretas batallas LGBTI ganadas en Guatemala" por Sonia Pérez D. (Associated Press)

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

  • "6 mujeres transgénero exitosas que rompen moldes en América Latina" por Leire Ventas (BBCMundo.com)

Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia

  • "Conmovedor video retrata el prejuicio en Puerto Rico" por Marcos Billy Guzmán (elnuevodia.com)

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. All proceeds of the GLAAD Media Awards support GLAAD’s work with the media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBTQ people to millions of homes and workplaces every day in an effort to increase understanding and awareness to build support for full equality and acceptance.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday April 1, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on Saturday May 6, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown

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