28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Tip Sheet

(115 English, 41 Spanish-language)

(21 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, transgender, and queer 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 LGBTQ community represented in our nominees.
  • Boldness and Originality – The project breaks new ground by exploring LGBTQ subject matter in non-traditional ways, and handles the LGBTQ content in a fresh and original manner.
  • Impact – The media project dramatically increases the cultural dialogue about LGBTQ issues, or reaches an audience that is not regularly exposed to LGBTQ 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 (Moonlight, Star Trek Beyond); Golden Globe Awards (Moonlight, Transparent, Black-ish, London Spy); the Independent Film Spirit Awards (Moonlight, Other People, Spa Night); and the Grammy Awards (Sia's This Is Acting, Brandy Clark's Big Day in a Small Town).
  • Streaming services received seven nominations. Netflix picked up four nominations, including its second for Grace and Frankie; and first-time nominations for The OA, Black Mirror, and Easy. Amazon earned its third nomination for Transparent, and a first-time nomination for One Mississippi. Seeso, NBCUniversal's new streaming comedy channel, received its first ever nomination for Take My Wife.
  • Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network both picked up nominations this year. Nickelodeon included gay parents in an episode of the animated series The Loud House. Cartoon Network's Steven Universe featured lesbian characters, who parent the lead character. Other all-ages nominees include the comic books Lumberjanes, Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!, and DC Comics Bombshells.
  • In a year of many deaths of queer women on television, several nominees featured outstanding portrayals of lesbian and bisexual women. Lesbian or bisexual female characters feature prominently in seven of the 10 Outstanding Drama Series nominees (The Fosters, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Orphan Black, Shameless, Supergirl, Wynonna Earp); and in six of the 10 Outstanding Comedy Series nominees (One Mississippi, The Real O'Neals, Survivor's Remorse, Steven Universe, Take My Wife, Transparent).
  • Media interest in transgender stories remains strong. All of the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Program category include transgender people. Other nominees featuring transgender people include: Transparent, Shameless, The Fosters, The OA, Modern Family; Laura Jane Grace and her band Against Me! are nominated for their album Shape Shift With Me; The Daily Show with Trevor Noah interviewed Angelica Ross, a Black transgender entrepreneur and actress; CBS' 60 Minutes interviewed Schuyler Bailar, an out transgender NCAA Division 1 swimmer; "The Uncertain Olympic Future for Trans and Intersex Athletes" by Diana Tourjee (Broadly.Vice.com); "New Deep South: Kayla" (TheFront.com); "Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives" by Meredith Talusan (Mic.com); "Willing and Able: Employment as a Transgender New Yorker" by Santiago García Muñoz, Allison Hoffman, Fer Martinez, Jordi Oliveres, Geena Rocero, Julia Saenz (Fusion.net).
  • GLAAD presents non-competitive Special Recognition Awards to media projects that do not fit into one of the existing GLAAD Media Awards categories. This year, GLAAD is acknowledging two web series created by transgender people. Her Story, starring Jen Richards and Angelica Ross and directed by Sydney Freeland, looks inside the dating lives of trans and queer women and picked up an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. The docuseries We've Been Around by Emmy-nominated director Rhys Ernst celebrates transgender people in history. 
  • Media representations of the bisexual community are infrequent and often sensationalized or inaccurate, but this year saw several nomination-worthy media projects, including: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW), which included series regular Darryl Whitefeather's coming out as bisexual and Shadowhunters (Freeform), which featured bisexual warlock Magnus Bane as one of its central characters. In addition, bisexual women appeared on The FostersGrey's AnatomyHow to Get Away with Murder, Orphan BlackShameless, Wynonna Earp, and Transparent
  • Several nominees addressed LGBTQ people living with HIV: ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, Amazon's Transparent, and Showtime's Shameless are the only scripted shows on television to include HIV-positive characters. Oxygen's The Prancing Elites Project includes a cast member living with HIV. Other nominees on this topic are: Tonic.Vice.com's "No Access: Youth, Black & Positive"; The Nation for "HIV Mystery: Solved?" by Tim Murphy; "Last Men Standing: AIDS Survivors Still Fighting for Their Lives" by Erin Allday (SFChronicle.com).
  • Several nominees featured portrayals of LGBTQ youth including: Moonlight (A24); Naz & Maalik (Wolfe Releasing); Spa Night (Strand Releasing); The Real O'Neals (ABC); Transparent (Amazon); The Fosters (Freeform); Shameless (Showtime); I Am Jazz (TLC); "Gavin Grimm's Fight" VICE News Tonight (HBO); "Life as Matt" E:60 (ESPN); "Switching Teams" 60 Minutes (CBS); "Nowhere to Go: LGBT Youth on the Move" by Adrielle Dreher (Jackson Free Press [Jackson, Miss.]); "On the Run" by Jacob Kushner (Vice Magazine); "The Uncertain Olympic Future for Trans and Intersex Athletes" by Diana Tourjee (Broadly.Vice.com).
  • Several nominees address efforts to bring LGBTQ equality to southern and rural areas: Moonlight (A24) is about a young Black man struggling with his sexual orientation in Miami; Hap and Leonard (SundanceTV) features a gay Black Vietnam War veteran in 1980s east Texas; Survivor's Remorse (Starz) includes a Black lesbian regular character in Atlanta; Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (Investigation Discovery) is about four lesbian Latinas in San Antonio; The Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen); "North Carolina and Georgia Anti-LGBTQ Laws" Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC); "Church and States" of VICE on HBO"Gavin Grimm's Fight" of VICE News Tonight (HBO); "Mid-South Couples Celebrate First Year of Marriage Equality, But Challenges Remain for LGBT Community" by Katie Fretland, Ron Maxey, (The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, Tenn.]; "Nowhere to Go: LGBT Youth on the Move" by Adrielle Dreher (Jackson Free Press [Jackson, Miss.]); "Permission to Hate" by Elizabeth Leland (The Charlotte Observer); "No Access: Youth, Black & Positive" (Tonic.Vice.com).
  • Several nominees address efforts to bring equality LGBTQ people in other parts of the world: The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures) is about two lesbians in 1930s Korea; Out of Iraq (Logo) is about an Iraqi gay couple; Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland) sheds light on LGBTQ lives around the world; "These are the Queer Refugees Australia has Locked Up on a Remote Pacific Island" by J. Lester Feder (BuzzFeed.com) "The Uncertain Olympic Future for Trans and Intersex Athletes" by Diana Tourjee (Broadly.Vice.com); "On the Run" by Jacob Kushner (Vice Magazine).
  • Vice Media has several nominations: Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland); "Church and States" VICE on HBO (HBO); "Gavin Grimm's Fight" VICE News Tonight (HBO); "No Access: Youth, Black & Positive" (Tonic.Vice.com); "The Uncertain Olympic Future for Trans and Intersex Athletes" by Diana Tourjee (Broadly.Vice.com); and "On the Run" by Jacob Kushner (Vice Magazine).


Film Distributors 
Wolfe Releasing (2)

Broadcast Networks [17 total]
ABC (6)
CBS (3)
The CW (2)
FOX (2)
PBS (2)                        

Cable Networks [31 total]
HBO (5)
BBC America (2)
Comedy Central (2)
ESPN (2)
Freeform (2)
Oxygen (2)

Streaming Networks [7 total]
Netflix (4)
Amazon (2)

Comic Book Publishers
DC Comics (3)
Marvel Comics (3)
BOOM! Studios (2)

Record Labels
Island Records (2)
Warner Bros. Records (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
Time (2)
Vice.com (2)


Television Networks
Telemundo (9)
Univision (9)
CNN en Español (4)
TV Azteca (1)
Mira TV (1)
NY1 Noticias (1)
NTN24 (1)

Print & Digital Journalism
BBCMundo (1)
Efe (1)
The New York Times en Español (2)
Associated Press (2)
La Opinión (2)
El Diario New York (1)
Buzzfeed.com (1)
Fusion (1)
El Nuevo Dia (1)


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