25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Tip Sheet

(93 English, 37 Spanish-language)

(20 English, 9 Spanish-language)

Criteria for Nomination

GLAAD Media Awards nominees are selected using the following four criteria:

  • Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representations – Rather than portraying the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in broad stereotypes, the project deals with the characters or themes in a fair, accurate, and multi-dimensional manner, including representing the diversity of the LGBT community.
  • Boldness and Originality – The project breaks new ground by exploring LGBT subject matter in non-traditional ways and handles the LGBT content in a fresh and original manner.
  • Impact – The project has significant cultural impact.  The media project dramatically increases the cultural dialogue about LGBT issues, or reaches an audience that is not regularly exposed to LGBT images and issues.
  • Overall Quality – A project of extremely high quality adds significance to the images and issues portrayed and draws more viewers or readers to the material.  Fair, accurate and inclusive images may be weakened when they are part of a poor-quality project.

Facts About the Nominees:

  • Several GLAAD Media Award nominees have received other nominations this season from:  the Academy Awards (PhilomenaDallas Buyers Club); the Golden Globe Awards (Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Behind the Candelabra); the Independent Film Spirit Awards (Blue is the Warmest Color, Concussion, Dallas Buyers Club); and the Grammy Awards (Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City).
  • Both Netflix (Orange is the New Black) and the new cable channel Pivot (Please Like Me and Raising McCain) garnered first-time nominations this year.
  • As further evidence that LGBT inclusivity is not a detriment to a film's commercial success, the cumulative domestic box office of the five films in the Outstanding Film - Wide Release category is $72,860,524 to date.  Even more impressive is the worldwide intake of $140,158,087 to date.
  • Nominated for Outstanding Film - Wide Release, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Sony Pictures Releasing) is rated PG-13, and based on a series of novels for young adults. The relationship between gay characters Alec and Magnus will continue to develop in the upcoming sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes.
  • The transgender community is represented in several nominees: Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Glee (Fox), "Snow Angels" Elementary (CBS), Dream School (Sundance Channel), Small Town Security (AMC), "Chris to Kristin: A Navy Seal's Secret" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN), "Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz" 20/20 (ABC), "Boy or Girl? Gender a New Challenge for Schools" by Martha Irvine (Associated Press), "How Fallon Fox Became the First Known Transgender Athlete in MMA" by Loretta Hunt (SportsIllustrated.CNN.com), and "Remixing the Trans and Hip Hop Conversation" by Marc Lamont Hill (Live.HuffingtonPost.com).
  • Media representations of the bisexual community are infrequent and often sensationalized or inaccurate, but this year saw several nomination-worthy media projects, including: Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), Glee (Fox), "Why Bisexuals Stay in the Closet" by Emily Alpert (Los Angeles Times), and "Bisexuals Get Their Turn in the White House" by Alyona Minkovski (Live.HuffingtonPost.com). Outstanding Music Artist nominees Alison Goldfrapp (from the band Goldfrapp) and Lady Gaga identify as bisexual.
  • Several nominees featured portrayals of LGBT youth including: Geography Club (Breaking Glass Pictures), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), Shameless (Showtime), Glee (Fox), In the Flesh (BBC America), Valentine Road (HBO), Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual (WE tv), Dream School (Sundance Channel), "Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz" 20/20 (ABC), "Boy or Girl? Gender a New Challenge for Schools" by Martha Irvine (Associated Press), "The Hidden War Against Gay Teens" by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone), and Young Avengers, written by Kieron Gillen (Marvel Comics).
  • There are several nominees focused on LGBT issues in professional sports, including: "Secret Lives" Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime), "There's the Door" Necessary Roughness (USA Network), "First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins and his Family" Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN), "Fred Rosser" The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated), "The Rebounder: The Kenneth Faried Story" E:60 (ESPN), "Owning the Middle by Kate Fagan (ESPN The Magazine), "How Fallon Fox Became the First Known Transgender Athlete in MMA" by Loretta Hunt (SportsIllustrated.CNN.com), and "Coming Out Kicking" by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports.com).
  • The cable network ESPN earned a nomination for its episode of E:60 featuring NBA player Kenneth Faried and his two moms, while ESPN The Magazine received a nomination for its article on Brittney Griner, and the magazine itself received a nomination for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage.

Multiple Nominees:

Film Studios
Sony Pictures (2)
The Weinstein Company (2)
Breaking Glass Pictures (2)

Broadcast Networks [11 total]
ABC (3)
FOX (2)

Cable Networks [28 total]
ABC Family (2)
BBC America (2)
CNN (2)
HBO (2)
Lifetime (2)
OWN (2)
Pivot (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
The Advocate (2)
ESPN The Magazine (2)
The New Yorker (2)
Advocate.com (2)
Buzzfeed.com (2)
Live.HuffingtonPost.com (2)

Comic Book Publisher
Marvel Comics (2)

Spanish-Language Categories

Television Networks
Univision (11)
Telemundo (7)
CNN en Español (5)

Print & Digital Journalism
Voces.Huffingtonpost.com (2)


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