27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Tip Sheet

(101 English, 46 Spanish-language)

(20 English, 11 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 community using broad stereotypes, the project deals with the characters or themes in a fair, accurate, and multi-dimensional manner.  Inclusive speaks to the importance of having the diversity of the LGBT community represented in our nominees.
  • 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 media project dramatically increases the cultural dialogue about LGBT issues, or reaches an audience that is not regularly exposed to LGBT images and issues. The project has significant cultural impact.
  • 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 (Carol, The Danish Girl); the Golden Globe Awards (Carol, Grandma, The Danish Girl, Grace and Frankie, Empire, Orange Is the New Black, Transparent, How to Get Away with Murder, Bessie); the Independent Film Spirit Awards (Carol, Tangerine); and the Grammy Awards (Ricky Martin's A quien quiera eschuchar, Brandi Carlile's The Firewatcher's Daughter).
  • Streaming services received seven nominations (compared to three last year.) Netflix picked up five nominations, including its third for Orange Is the New Black. Other Netflix nominees include first-time nominations for Sense8, Grace and Frankie, Master of None, and Tig. Amazon Instant Video received its second nomination for Transparent and a Special Recognition nod for This is Me, the Emmy-nominated short films created by Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker to accompany Transparent.
  • Four out of the five nominees for Outstanding Film – Wide Release feature lesbian characters. Carol (The Weinstein Company) is about two women falling in love in the 1950s. Dope (Open Road Films) includes a young, African American lesbian who hangs out with her friends and is obsessed with 1990s rap culture. Freeheld (Lionsgate) tells the true story of Laurel Hester, a police officer, and her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, fighting for recognition of their relationship. And Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics) stars Lily Tomlin as a lesbian poet on an adventure with her granddaughter.
  • Media interest in transgender stories increased dramatically this year. In a reflection of that interest, over 50% of the nominees include transgender characters or people (75 out of 147 nominees, 53 in English and 22 in Spanish.) In the Outstanding Film – Limited Release category, four of the five nominees feature transgender characters. All of the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Program and the Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia categories include transgender people. Both projects receiving Special Recognition this year, Beautiful as I Want to Be and This is Me, are about transgender people.
  • GLAAD presents non-competitive Special Recognition Awards to media projects that do not fit into one of the established GLAAD Media Award categories. This year, GLAAD is acknowledging two online video projects about trans people. This is Me, by trans filmmakers Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker, picked up an Emmy nomination earlier this year for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program. The five short films each feature trans people talking to each other about their lives and their experiences as a trans person. The films were commissioned by Amazon Instant Video to be paired with Transparent. (Ernst and Drucker are co-producers on the series.)  Trans model and advocate Geena Rocero teamed up with Logo for an online series called Beautiful As I Want to Be, which paired trans youth with older trans people for a photo shoot that allowed the youth to express themselves and their identity the way they wanted to be seen by the world.
  • Media representations of the bisexual community are infrequent and often sensationalized or inaccurate, but this year saw several nomination-worthy media projects, including: Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures) a film about a Persian American bisexual woman; Black Sails (Starz) which revealed that Captain Flint is bisexual – a rare event for a lead in an action drama; How to Get Away with Murder revealed that Annalise Keating had a previous relationship with a woman; bisexual women also appeared on Arrow, Empire, The Fosters, Grey's Anatomy, Orphan Black, Orange Is the New Black, Shameless, and Transparent. In a significant development in the world of comics, the writers of DC Comics' Harley Quinn confirmed that Harley and Poison Ivy are both bisexual and in a non-monogamous relationship with each other.
  • Several nominees addressed LGBT people living with HIV:  HBO's Looking and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder are the only two scripted shows on television to include HIV-positive characters; Oxygen's The Prancing Elites Project included one of the members of the dance team revealing his HIV-positive status to his teammates; and Vice.com earned a nod for in the Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia category for "Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution," a three-part story on PrEP, a pill taken once a day to prevent HIV infection.
  • Several nominees address efforts to bring LGBT equality to southern and rural areas: Boy Meets Girl (Wolfe Video), a film about a young trans girl finding love, is set in Kentucky; Drunktown's Finest (Nehst Studios) is a film by a Navajo transgender woman set in a Native American community in New Mexico; Nashville (ABC); "Rock-a-Bye-Baby" NCIS New Orleans (CBS); New Girls on the Block (Discovery Life) is about a group of trans women in Kansas City, Missouri; I Am Jazz (TLC); The Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen) is about a dance team of African American men and one trans woman in Alabama; "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 (Advocate.com); "Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church" by Clay Cane (BET.com).
  • Several nominees address efforts to bring equality to LGBT people in other parts of the world: Sense8 (Netflix) includes a gay Mexican actor struggling with being closeted; Mala Mala (Strand Releasing) takes a look at the transgender community in Puerto Rico; "Behind Brazil's Gay Pride Parades, a Struggle with Homophobic Violence" by Oscar Lopez (Newsweek); "Pride & Prejudice by Linda Villarosa (Essence Magazine) is about anti-LGBT policies in Nigeria and Uganda; "How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident" by Meredith Talusan (Vice.com); "This Is What It’s Like To Be An LGBT Syrian Fleeing For Your Life" by J. Lester Feder (Buzzfeed.com).


Broadcast Networks [18 total]
ABC (6)
PBS (4)
CBS (3)
FOX (2)
NBC (2)

Cable Networks [27 total]
HBO (3)
Logo (3)
CNN (2)
MTV (2)

Streaming Networks  [7 total]
Netflix (5)
Amazon Instant Video (2)

Comic Book Publisher
DC Comics (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
The New York Times (3)
The Advocate (2)
Seventeen (2)
Vice.com (2)


Television Networks
Univision (13)
Telemundo (10)
CNN en Español (5)
KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Angeles] (2)
KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Angeles] (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
Efe.com (2)
Hoy Los Ángeles (2)
HuffingtonPostVoces.com (2)
La Opinión (2)
Univision.com (2)


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