Official GLAAD Media Awards Categories

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

Film must be released by a recognized film distribution company, and play for paid admission in theaters for seven consecutive days.  "Wide Release" will be defined by a combination of number of screens played, budget, and visibility.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the film.  Producer, director, writer, and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding Film - Limited Release

Film must be released by a recognized film distribution company, and play for paid admission in theaters for seven consecutive days.  "Limited Release" will be defined by a combination of number of screens played, budget, and visibility.  Receives Award: Award is given to the film.  Producer, director, writer, and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding Documentary

Documentaries must either be televised in more than one local market, or be released theatrically.  If released theatrically, film must be released by a recognized distribution company, and play for paid admission in theaters for seven consecutive days.  If televised, the broadcast date must be no more than two (2) years after the completion of the film.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the film.  Producer, director, and/or person(s) featured in the film may accept.

Outstanding Drama Series

Given to a drama series which has a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer character in a lead, supporting or recurring role.  Award is given for content throughout the entire year.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the show.  Producer, writers, and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Given to a comedy series which has a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer character in a lead, supporting or recurring role.  Award is given for content throughout the entire year.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the show.  Producer, writers, and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)

Recognizes one episode or story arc which had outstanding LGBTQ content in a comedy or drama series which does not regularly include a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer character.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the episode.  Producer, director, writer and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

Given to a made-for-television movie or limited series.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the film or limited series.  Producer, director, writer and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding Reality Program

Given to a program that depicts actual people and/or events and includes LGBTQ people as participants, hosts, and/or judges.  The show's premise, circumstances or situations are manipulated for the purpose of creating the program, and may include contrived or staged elements. The category includes shows that are not a contest, as well as shows that give a prize or is itself a contest and/or competition.  Award is given for LGBTQ content throughout the entire series.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the show.  Producer, host, and/or participants may accept.

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming

Given to a family-oriented television program created for kids, tweens, teens, and/or their parents. Award is given for a lead, supporting, or recurring LGBTQ character, or for an LGBTQ-inclusive episode or story arc in shows without a regular LGBTQ character. Judging will take into consideration the narrative tone and storytelling techniques required for the age of the intended audience. Receives Award: Award is given to the show or episode/story arc. Producer, writers, and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode

Recognizes one episode of a daytime, primetime, or late night talk show which featured an outstanding discussion of LGBTQ issues.  Multiple episodes of the same show may be nominated.  A show must not have had any offensive episodes throughout the rest of the year.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the episode.  Producer, host, and/or person(s) featured on the show may accept.

Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine

Recognizes long-form journalism, including but not limited to:  newsmagazine segment, one-hour journalism feature, late night broadcast.  Multiple episodes/segments of the same show may be nominated.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the segment or entire show (if it's a stand-alone feature program.)  Producer, journalist, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

Recognizes spot-news and short-form journalism, including but not limited to: nightly news story, morning show story, cable news program, news talk segment.  Multiple episodes/segments of the same show may be nominated.  Receives Award: Award is given to the segment.  Producer, journalist, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding Newspaper Article

Given to an individual article or series of articles in a daily or non-daily newspaper.  More than one article from an individual newspaper may be nominated. Editorials are not eligible in this category. Receives Award:  Award is given to the article.  Journalist, editor, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding Magazine Article

Given to an individual article or series of articles in a magazine.  More than one article from an individual magazine may be nominated.  An article may be nominated even if the magazine itself is also nominated for Overall Coverage. Editorials are not eligible in this category. Receives Award:  Award is given to the article. Journalist, editor, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

Given to a magazine for the quantity and quality of its digital and print coverage throughout the entire year.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the magazine.  Publisher, editor, and/or prominent journalist may accept.

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

Given to an article or series of articles that are exclusive to an online news site.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the article. Journalist, editor, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Video or Multimedia

Given to a video, slide show, or other multimedia story that is exclusive to an online news site. Receives Award:  Award is given to the multimedia piece.  Journalist, executive producer, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding Blog

Recognizes a blog based on the quality of its overall coverage throughout the year. Outlet must be independent, with a majority of content from a single contributor. Outlet may consist of original content and/or aggregated content with original commentary, posted in chronological order. Receives Award: Award is given to the blog. Primary contributor may accept. (Note, submission fees are waived in this category.)

Outstanding Music Artist

Given to a music artist who released a full-length, EP-length album, or single during the current eligibility period, and who used songs, music videos, or live performances to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance. The artist may be LGBTQ or an ally. The album must be sold through a major music retail store and/or a major online music store. Media interviews, public statements, and other information may be considered when selecting nominees and award recipients. Receives Award: Award is given to the artist. Artist may accept.

Outstanding Comic Book

Given to a comic book published by the four mainstream publishers and their subsidiary labels:  Dark Horse, DC, Image, and Marvel.  At GLAAD's discretion, a comic book from another publisher may be nominated if the book achieves a level of visibility and impact similar to a mainstream publisher.  The comic book may be nominated for an individual issue, a story arc, or a recurring LGBTQ character.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the comic book.  Writer, artist, and/or editor may accept.

Outstanding Video Game

Given to a video game with outstanding LGBTQ-inclusive content. Award is given for an interactive experience that includes authentic and impactful LGBTQ characters or storylines. Judging will take into consideration the degree to which the LGBTQ-inclusive content is effectively woven into gameplay, including player agency and the world itself. Receives Award: Award is given to the video game. Developers or publishers may accept. Read more about eligibility here.

 

SPANISH-LANGUAGE

Outstanding Scripted Television Series

Given to a series or novela which airs daily during daytime, primetime, or late-night hours.  The series must feature a lead, supporting or recurring LGBTQ character.  Award is given for content throughout the entire series.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the series.  Producer, writers, and/or actors may accept.

Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine

Recognizes long-form journalism, including but not limited to:  newsmagazine segment, one-hour journalism feature, late night broadcast.  Multiple episodes/segments of the same show may be nominated. Receives Award:  Award is given to the segment or entire show (if it's a stand-alone feature program.)  Producer, journalist, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

Recognizes spot-news and short-form journalism, including but not limited to:  nightly news story, morning show story, cable news program, news talk segment.  Multiple episodes/segments of the same show may be nominated.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the segment.  Producer, journalist, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.

Outstanding Digital Journalism

Given to an article, series of articles, video, slide show, or other multimedia story on an online news site. Article(s) may also have appeared in a newspaper or magazine.  Receives Award:  Award is given to the article or multimedia piece.  Journalist, editor, executive producer, and/or persons featured in the story may accept.