LGBT southerners amplifying their voices nominated for #glaadawards

Today, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, and the list includes several media moments telling stories of LGBT southerners.

Accelerating Acceptance, a GLAAD-commissioned Harris Poll measuring attitudes towards LGBT Americans found that, while the public is increasingly embracing LGBT equal protection under the law, many are still uncomfortable with having LGBT people in their families and the communities where they live. Within these numbers, GLAAD finds that Southerners feel significantly more discomfort about their LGBT family, friends, and neighbors than is found in other regions of the country.

These GLAAD Media Award nominees both amplify the oft-erased voices of LGBT Southerners, and change hearts and minds by bringing their multifaceted experiences to the forefront of the American public. Films like Boy Meets Girl about a young trans girl finding love in Kentucky and Drunktown's Finest, done by a Navajo trans woman and set in a Native American community in New Mexico; reality TV shows like The Prancing Elites Project about black LGBT dancers and their team in Alabama, and New Girls on the Block and I Am Jazz, showcasing the lives of young trans women in Missouri and Florida, respectively; as well as news media stories from, Houston Press, and more; are just some of the nominees highlighting what it means to be an LGBT Southerner living their lives at the intersection of numerous marginalized identities.

Check out this year's Southern states- and rural area-inclusive nominees:

Boy Meets Girl (Wolfe Video)
Drunktown's Finest (Nehst Studios)

Nashville (ABC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
"Rock-a-Bye-Baby" NCIS New Orleans (CBS)

New Girls on the Block (Discovery Life)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
The Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen)

"Cold Case: The Murders of Cosby and Jackson" by Dianna Wray (Houston Press)
"Navy's First Openly Gay SEAL Builds His Life Anew" by David Zucchino (Los Angeles Times)

"The Ky Peterson Saga" [series] by Mitch Kellaway and Sunnivie Brydum (

"Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church" by Clay Cane (

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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