Bi representations soar in 28th annual #glaadawards nominees

The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees highlight the rich diversity of the LGBTQ community, including the stories of bisexual people and characters in news and entertainment.

Though portrayals of bisexuals often fall into harmful stereotypes, 2016 saw many accurate and powerful representations of bisexuality, in film, television, comic books, music, and journalism.

Television nominees continue to tell interesting and complex stories of bisexuality across all genres. In a joyous musical number on The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Darryl Whitefeather happily announces his bisexuality to his coworkers. ABC’s How To Get Away with Murder has a complex and fascinating lead in bisexual lawyer Annalise Keating, while Freeform's fun science fiction series Shadowhunters features ancient warlock Magnus Bane, who is a central and multifaceted character. Bisexual people also shine in Netflix's increasingly popular genre of anthology series. Both Black Mirror and Easy feature episodes with bisexual women portrayed as thoroughly developed characters.

Among film nominees, the Academy Award-nominated film Moonlight featured the character of Kevin, who has meaningful relationships with women as well as with the main male character throughout his lifetime. Comic books set a great bar for bisexual representation, including Love is Love, an anthology benefitting the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting; the fun teen romp Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!; as well as the acclaimed Saga.

Out bi recording artists Lady Gaga, Sia, and Frank Ocean also earned nods. Among journalism nominees, BuzzFeed.com received a nomination for "These are the Queer Refugees Australia has Locked up on a Remote Pacific Island," which features a bisexual Iranian refugee who fled his country attempting to reach Australia, only to then be trapped in a detention center where he is forced to work and continues to face discrimination.

All of these examples both in entertainment and news media show that there is not just one experience of bisexuality, and GLAAD celebrates the inclusion of all these different stories.

Check out the full list of bi-inclusive 28th GLAAD Media Awards nominees:

OUTSTANDING FILM - WIDE RELEASE

Moonlight (A24)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)

Transparent (Amazon)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

The Fosters (Freeform)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Orphan Black (BBC America)

Shadowhunters (Freeform)    

Shameless (Showtime)

Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular or recurring LGBTQ character)

"San Junipero" Black Mirror (Netflix)

"Vegan Cinderella" Easy (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (Fox)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

The Same Difference (Centric)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

I Am Cait (E!)

I Am Jazz (TLC)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTISTS

Blood Orange, Freetown Sound (Domino)

Lady Gaga, Joanne (Interscope Records)

Frank Ocean, Blonde (Boys Don't Cry)

Sia, This is Acting (RCA Records)

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOKS

DC Comics Bombshells, written by Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics)

Love is Love, anthology originated by Marc Andreyko (IDW Publishing, DC Comics)

Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!, written by Kate Leth (Marvel Comics)

Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan (Image Comics)

The Woods, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE

"These are the Queer Refugees Australia has Locked Up on a Remote Pacific Island" by J. Lester Feder (BuzzFeed.com)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Her Story (HerStoryShow.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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.

The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBTQ community and issues that build support for equality and acceptance.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 1, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 6 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Find out how you can buy tickets or host a table here.

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