Must-See LGBT TV 2/28-3/5: Biden, Lady Gaga and Chris Rock at the OSCARS, Tyler Oakley "bros" it up on "The Amazing Race," and more

Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the highlights in LGBT on TV this week. Check back every Sunday for up-to-date coverage in LGBT-inclusive programming on TV.

Vice President Biden will be introducing Lady Gaga on tonight's Oscars!  The Vice President, who was the main author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act during his time in the Senate, will be onstage to discuss his work with the “It’s On Us” campaign, and the importance of all of us stepping up and taking a stand to end sexual violence on American campuses.  Following his remarks, Lady Gaga will perform her Oscar-nominated song, Till It Happens To You.  The singer co-wrote the song with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren for the documentary film The Hunting Ground, an exposé of rape culture on campuses.

GLAAD and It's On UsGLAAD is a proud partner and supporter of the “It’s On Us” national campaign.  You can join GLAAD, fight campus sexual violence and pledge your support at “It’s On Us”.

Chris Rock and OscarsChris Rock will host the 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.   While not in the running for Best Picture, GLAAD Media Award nominees Carol and The Danish Girl received Academy acting nom nods for Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.  Out screenwriters Emma Donoghue (Room) and Phyllis Nagy (Carol) are competing for Best Adapted Screenplay. Joining LGBT musician Lady Gaga this evening will be another Best Original Song out nominee, Sam Smith.  88th Academy Awards:  Sunday, 5:30pm (Live) on ABC.

Musician Ahnoni was also nominated in the Best Original Song category for Manta Ray, from the feature documentary Racing Extinction, becoming the second-ever transgender person to receive a nomination from the Academy; though at press time she explained her decision to boycott the Oscars, saying that she feels “degraded” by not being invited to perform.  “I imagined how it would feel for me to sit amongst all those Hollywood stars, some of the brave ones approaching me with sad faces and condolences. There I was, feeling a sting of shame that reminded me of America’s earliest affirmations of my inadequacy as a transperson. I turned around at the airport and went back home.”

GLAAD Director of Programs for Transgender Media, Nick Adams, states that "It's imperative that the media fairly and accurately report on the discrimination faced by transgender people and the importance of laws which provide protections for them in housing, employment, and public spaces. Alarmist attempts to frighten voters into rejecting fair treatment for trans people must be challenged by journalists well armed with the facts."  For more information on how GLAAD challenges trans bias, read:  Debunking the "Bathroom Bill" Myth – Accurate Reporting on LGBT Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists

The Real O'Neals CastABC's new comedy The Real O’Neals is a fresh take on a seemingly perfect family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.  The story is loosely based on Dan Savage’s upbringing, and it was important for the producer to tell the story authentically.  Openly gay Noah Galvin (lead character Kenny) said that “it was important to me that they have someone who is gay and is out and is willing to be a spokesman for it.”    The Real O’Neals also stars Martha Plimpton as Kenny’s mom Eileen.  Premeire airs Wednesday at 8:30pm on ABC

Tyler Oakley on Amazing RaceOn CBS’s The Amazing Race, YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley and best bud Korey Kuhl are doing an awesome job so far, never coming in lower than 2nd position.  Their chemistry and long friendship, dating back to Michigan State, leads to laughter and, yes, giggles.  As Tyler proclaims, they’re "just a couple of dudes being bros, just a couple of bros being jocks.”  The Amazing Race airs Friday at 8pm on CBS

 

Sunday February 28: 88th Academy Awards (5:30pm Live, ABC);  More Manners of Downton Abbey (9pm, PBS); The Walking Dead (9pm, AMC)

Monday: The Fosters (8pm, Freeform); Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (8pm, CW); The Graham Norton Show (8pm, BBC America); The Imitation Game (8pm, Showtime); Jane The Virgin (9pm, The CW); Ellen's Design Challenge (9pm, HGTV); Recovery Road (9pm, Freeform); The Magicians (9pm, Syfy); Major Crimes (9pm, TNT);  Lost Girl (10pm, Syfy); Watch What Happens Live (10pm, Bravo)

Tuesday:  Pretty Little Liars (8pm, Freeform); Marvel’s Agent Carter (8pm, ABC); Prancing Elites Project (8pm, Oxygen); Grandfathered (8:30pm, FOX); Brooklyn Nine-Nine (9pm, FOX); Teen Wolf (9pm, MTV);Shadowhunters (9pm, Freeform); The Shannara Chronicles (10pm, MTV)

Wednesday: Young & Hungry (8pm, Freeform); The Mysteries of Laura (8pm, NBC); The Real O’Neals (8:30pm Premiere, ABC); Modern Family (9pm, ABC); The Real O’Neals (9:30pm, ABC); Newlyweds: The First Year (10pm, Bravo); Younger (10pm, TV Land)

Thursday: DC's Legends of Tomorrow (8pm, The CW);  Grey's Anatomy (8pm, ABC); Pride (8pm, Showtime2);  The 100 (9pm, The CW); Project Runway All Stars (9pm, Lifetime); How to Get Away with Murder (10pm, ABC); Shades of Blue (10pm, NBC); I Am Cait (10pm, E!)

Friday: The Amazing Race (8pm, CBS);  The Vampire Diaries (8pm, CW); The Originals (9pm, The CW); Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (9pm, TLC)

Saturday:  The Devil Wears Prada (8pm, Bravo); Black Sails (9pm, Starz)

On daytime, check your local listings for information about LGBT-inclusive talk shows Ellen, The Meredith Vieira ShowThe Talk (CBS), The Gossip Table (VH1), The View (ABC) and The Chew (ABC). Soap operas Days of Our Lives on NBC, The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS, and General Hospital on ABC (check local listings) all feature out characters.