26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Tip Sheet

(104 English, 40 Spanish-language)

(21 English, 10 Spanish-language)

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.  Inclusive means that the diversity of the LGBT community is represented.
  • 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.


  • Several GLAAD Media Award nominees have received other nominations this season from:  the Academy Awards (The Imitation Game); the Golden Globe Awards (The Imitation Game, Pride, Transparent, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, The Normal Heart); the Independent Film Spirit Awards (Love is Strange, Dear White People); and the Grammy Awards (Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour)
  • Both Amazon Instant Video (Transparent) and AOL Originals (True Trans with Laura Jane Grace) garnered first-time nominations this year.
  • As 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 $134,555,414 to date. The worldwide intake for the five films is $180,020,429 to date.
  • Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel both picked up nominations this year. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon) aired a special about LGBT youth coming out to their families. The Disney Channel included lesbian parents in an episode of the scripted comedy Good Luck Charlie. ABC Family again received nominations for The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars.
  • In 2014, Time magazine ran a cover story entitled "The Transgender Tipping Point," and given the numerous nominated stories about transgender people, it would seem the headline was accurate. Nominees featuring transgender people include: the Golden Globe Award-winning series Transparent, The Fosters, Orphan Black, Glee, and Orange is the New Black; two documentaries created by transgender women, Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word and True Trans with Laura Jane Grace; Laura Jane Grace and her band Against Me! are also nominated for their album Transgender Dysphoria Blues; the Showtime documentary L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin includes a transgender man; the Drop Dead Diva episode "Identity Crisis" features a transgender youth fighting to be treated equally at his school; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver interviewed Pepe Julian Onziema, a transgender man from Uganda; TV journalism and talk show nominees Katie, The View, Ronan Farrow Daily, Alicia Menendez Tonight, and This Week all featured transgender guests; print and digital outlets from The Washington Post to Vice News featured stories about transgender people serving in the military, transgender immigrants being held in ICE detention, transgender youth becoming homeless after being rejected by their families, and the violence faced too often by transgender women of color; Electronic Arts and BioWare included Krem, a transgender man, in the blockbuster game Dragon Age: Inquisition.
  • Media representations of the bisexual community are infrequent and often sensationalized or inaccurate, but this year saw several nomination-worthy media projects, including: the Red Viper on HBO's Game of Thrones, a rare portrayal of a proud and confident bisexual man; bisexual women on Grey's Anatomy, Orphan Black, Glee, Orange is the New Black, Transparent, and Degrassi; out rapper Angel Haze has used the word pansexual to describe herself and is open about her relationship with a woman; college athlete Conner Mertens came out as bisexual in an article on Outsports.com; Nick News with Linda Ellerbee included a bisexual African American teenager in its special "Coming Out"; and Dragon Age: Inquisition, from Electronic Arts and BioWare, included at least two bisexual characters, Josephine Montilyet and Iron Bull, in this blockbuster title.
  • Several nominees addressed LGBT people living with HIV: Golden Globe-nominee Pride, set in 1980s London, included two HIV-positive characters; The Normal Heart examines the beginning of the AIDS crisis in New York City; "Change is Coming to the South" Melissa Harris-Perry discusses rising HIV infection rates in southern states; two nominees directly address the issue of PrEP, a pill taken once a day to prevent HIV infection, "Sex Without Fear" by Tim Murphy in New York magazine and a series of 31 articles on Advocate.com entitled "31 Days of PrEP." Mark S. King's blog, My Fabulous Disease, is about his life living with HIV and is nominated in the Outstanding Blog category.
  • Several nominees address efforts to bring LGBT equality to southern and rural areas: the Showtime documentary L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin profiles several lesbian couples and one transgender man in Mississippi; Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce is set in New Orleans; R&B Divas: Atlanta included the wedding of Monifah Carter and Terez Thorpe, two African American women living in Atlanta; nominated for Outstanding Music Artist, Mary Gauthier is an out country music artist who performs at the Grand Ole Opry; "Fired for Being Gay?" on MSNBC profiled Crystal Moore, a police chief in South Carolina who was fired for being a lesbian, but re-hired when her small town rallied around her; guest host Jonathan Capehart led a discussion about LGBT equality coming to the south on Melissa Harris-Perry; on CNN, Lisa Ling took at look at LGBT people finding community on the gay rodeo circuit; The Wichita Eagle ran a story about Matthew Vines and his family's decision to leave their conservative church when Matthew came out as gay; the Salt Lake City Tribune and The Arizona Republic both ran stories about LGBT people in those states fighting for equality.


Film Studios
Strand Releasing (2)

Broadcast Networks [15 total]
ABC (6)
CBS (2)
FOX (2)
PBS (2)

Cable Networks [35 total]
HBO (5)
Showtime (3)
ABC Family (2)
BBC America (2)
CNN (2)
MTV (2)
USA Network (2)

Music Artist
Capitol Records (2)

Comic Book Publisher
BOOM! Studios (2)
Image Comics (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
Sports Illustrated (2)
Time (2)
Vice.News.com (2)


Television Networks
Univision (6)
Telemundo (6)
CNN en Español (3)
KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Angeles] (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
La Opinión (2)
CNNEspanol.CNN.com (2)


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