LGBT people of color stories shine among 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees

This morning, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Many of the nominated films, TV series, and journalism pieces reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, including the stories of LGBT people of color.

People of color were well-represented across categories. The indie film Tangerine stars two trans women of color in the lead roles. The HBO biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah as the title character and written and directed by out filmmaker Dee Rees (Pariah), follows the life and career of bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith. Dope includes a young African American lesbian who hangs out with her friends, all of whom share a passion for 1990s hip hop culture. The New York Times article "Gay and Transgender Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Take a Stand" featured Asian American and Latino LGBT voices. Appropriate Behavior is a film about a Persian American bisexual woman. Drunktown's Finest is a film about a Navajo transgender woman set in a Native American community in New Mexico. The PBS documentary Kumu Hina follows Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon for Hawaii's mahu (those who embody both a male and female spirit).

African American LGBT characters appeared in television shows like Empire, Arrow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Master of None, Sense8, Orange Is the New Black and The Bold and The Beautiful. Reality show The Prancing Elites Project is about a dance team of black men and one trans woman in Alabama. Among journalism nominees is’s "Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” and’s "Queerness On The Front Lines Of #BlackLivesMatter.” HuffPost Live was nominated for its interview with Ashley Diamond, a black trans woman who was released after serving more than three years in a men's prison. Out rapper Le1f received a nomination for Outstanding Music Artist.

Latino LGBT characters were included in television shows like Grey's AnatomyEmpire, and Looking. Netflix's hit show Sense8 includes a closeted Mexican telenovela star and his boyfriend. Among the journalism nominees is’s story on a clinic fighting for transgender patients illegally denied medical care, which prominently features a trans Latina, Diana Feliz Oliva. The documentary Mala Mala portrays trans and drag communities fighting for acceptance in Puerto Rico. GLAAD also nominates an entire slate of Spanish-language media, which may be found here.

Asian-Pacific American LGBT characters were present in television shows like How to Get Away with Murder and Orange Is the New Black. Fuse's new reality program Transcendent includes Asian-Pacific American cast members as part of the show.  The PBS documentary Limited Partnership told the story of Filipino-American Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan, one of six gay couples to be legally married in Boulder, Colorado in 1975; they filed the first federal lawsuit seeking equal recognition for same-sex marriages after Sullivan (an Australian citizen) was denied an application for resident status based on marriage.’s "The Faces of Transgender Teen America" features Asian American trans youth.

Multi-racial LGBT characters appeared in television shows like Black Sails, The Fosters, and Looking.

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 and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Find out how you can buy tickets or host a table here.

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