29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Tip Sheet

TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINEES: 141

(125 English, 16 Spanish-language)

TOTAL NUMBER OF GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS CATEGORIES: 26

(22 English, 4 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, 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.

FACTS ABOUT THE NOMINEES:

  • Several GLAAD Media Award nominees have received other nominations this season from: Golden Globe Awards (Battle of the Sexes, Call Me By Your Name, A Fantastic Woman, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Handmaid's Tale, This Is Us, Will & Grace); the Independent Film Spirit Awards (BPM, Call Me by Your Name, A Fantastic Woman, Lady Bird ); and the Grammy Awards (Kesha’s Rainbow).
  • Streaming services received 13 nominations. Netflix’s seven nominations include its second for Easy, Master of None, and Sense8; and first for Las chicas del cable, Godless, Ingobernable, and One Day at a Time. Amazon earned its fourth nomination for Transparent, its second for One Mississippi, and first for Danger & Eggs. Hulu received its first-ever nomination for The Handmaid’s Tale, as did CBS All Access for Star Trek: Discovery; and YouTube Red for This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous.
  • Several nominees featured outstanding portrayals of lesbian and bisexual women. Lesbian or bisexual female characters feature prominently in The Bold Type, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, One Day at a Time, One Mississippi, Survivor's Remorse, Transparent, Wynonna Earp – as well as Doc McStuffins’ "The Emergency Plan" episode; Easy’s "Lady Cha Cha"; Master of None’s "Thanksgiving"; and Pure Genius' "Grace."
  • Media interest in transgender stories remains strong. Nominees featuring transgender people include: A Fantastic Woman, DoubtTransparent, Nashville, Star, Sense8, "Grace" Pure Genius (CBS); When We Rise; "Chosen Family" Danger & Eggs; Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric; Kiki; "Real Boy" Independent Lens; This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous; I Am Jazz; RuPaul’s Drag Race; Survivor: Game Changers; The Bold and The Beautiful; Honey Dijon for her album The Best of Both Worlds; The Ellen DeGeneres Show for its interview with trans military couple, Laila and Logan Ireland; The View for its interview of Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm; The Opposition with Jordan Klepper for its interview with Danica Roem; The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for its interview of trans veterans; VICE on HBO’s “Trans Youth” report; NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News for their segments on anti-trans murders; "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man" by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News); "Free Radical" by Nathan Heller (Vogue); "Trans, Teen, and Homeless" by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone); "'I Am a Girl Now,' Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing." by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter); "Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won)" by Nico Lang (INTO); "Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion" (LogoTV.com); "'This Is How We Win': Inside Danica Roem's Historic Victory" by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com); "Transgender Day of Remembrance" by Saeed Jones (AM to DM, BuzzFeed News).
  • 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 the animated short film In a Heartbeat written and directed by Beth David and Esteban Bravo; and the song and music video "Smile" by Jay-Z featuring his mother Gloria Carter, who used the song to come out as a lesbian.
  • Media representations of the bisexual+ community are infrequent and often sensationalized or inaccurate, but this year saw several nomination-worthy media projects, including: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Shadowhunters, Wynonna Earp and Transparent; and "Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist" by Samantha Allen (Splinter); Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, written by Sarah Vaughn (DC Comics);  and The Woods, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios).
  • Several nominees addressed LGBTQ people living with HIV: BPM (The Orchard); When We Rise (ABC); "Grace" Pure Genius (CBS); Kiki (Sundance Selects); "Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming" by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post); "The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV" [series] (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution); and "America's Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic" by Linda Villarosa (The New York Times Magazine).
  • Several nominees featured portrayals of LGBTQ youth including: films Call Me By Your Name; Lady BirdGod’s Own Country, Thelma, and The Wound;  television series Andi Mack, One Day at a Time, and Star; "Chosen Family" Danger & Eggs (Amazon); documentaries Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, Kiki, "Real Boy" Independent Lens, and This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous; recording artists Halsey and Kehlani for their respective albums "Hopeless Fountain" and "SweetSexySavage"; "A Boy Named Lucas" 20/20; "Trans Youth" VICE on HBO (HBO); "The Abolitionists Face the Love Army" KAPP-KVEW Local News; "Beyond 'He' or 'She': The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality" by Katy Steinmetz (Time); "Trans, Teen, and Homeless" by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone); "The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M" by Lauren Larson (GQ.com); "'I Am a Girl Now,' Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing." by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter); "Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won)" by Nico Lang (INTO); and "Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist" by Samantha Allen (Splinter).
  • Several nominees address efforts to bring LGBTQ equality and acceptance to southern and rural areas: Survivor's Remorse includes a Black lesbian regular character in Atlanta; One Mississippi; Nashville; Superstore; Godless; NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News for their segments on the murder of Louisiana trans woman Chyna Gibson; "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man" by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News); "The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV" [series] (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution); "The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M" by Lauren Larson (GQ.com); "For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later" by James Michael Nichols (HuffPost Queer Voices); "'I Am a Girl Now,' Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing." by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter); and "'This Is How We Win': Inside Danica Roem's Historic Victory" by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com).
  • Several nominees address efforts to bring equality and acceptance to LGBTQ people in other parts of the world: "China Queer" The Naked Truth; "Gay Purge?" Nightline; BPM; A Fantastic Woman; God's Own Country; Thelma; The Wound; Chavela; Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric; "Australia Marriage Equality" Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; "Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya's Purge" by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker); and "US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo" by Nina dos Santos (CNN.com).

MULTIPLE NOMINEES:

Film Distributors
Fox Searchlight (2)
The Orchard (2) 
Sony Pictures Classics (2)

Broadcast Networks [30 total]
ABC (6)
CBS (6)
NBC (6)
Univision (3)
FOX (2)

Cable Networks [29 total]
CNN en Español (3)
FX (3)
HBO (3)
Comedy Central (2)
Disney Channel (2)
Freeform (2)

Streaming Networks [13 total]
Netflix (7)
Amazon (3)

Comic Book Publishers
BOOM! Studios (4)
Marvel Comics (3)
DC Comics (2)

Record Labels
RCA Records (2)

Print & Digital Journalism
Time (2)
Splinter (2)
La Opinión (2)

 

Contacts:

Lauren Peteroy
BWR
(212) 901-3920 (o)
lauren.peteroy@bwr-pr.com

Steve Wilson
BWR
(212) 901-3920 (o)
Steven.wilson@bwr-pr.com

Rich Ferraro
GLAAD
(646) 871-8011 (o)
rferraro@glaad.org