Rachel Leishman
January 21, 2018 7:51 am
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We’re in the thick of awards season, and on Friday, January 19th, GLAAD — the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization — announced the nominees for its own yearly awards program.

The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards honor movies, television shows, and other media for their “fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives.” This year’s nominees include films like Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, and The Shape of Water. The list of nominated TV shows, meanwhile, features series such as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Handmaid’s Tale, and This Is Us.

“At a time when anti-LGBTQ policies and harassment are on the rise, it is imperative that Hollywood and news media tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity — and build understanding that brings all communities closer together,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement issued Friday.

The 2018 GLAAD Media Awards includes a significant milestone for the organization. For the first time, GLAAD will commemorate LGBTQ-inclusive content in Kids and Family Programming. Nominees include Disney Channel shows Andi Mack — which featured its first gay storyline in 2017 — and Doc McStuffins. 

The advocacy group also announced a Special Recognition Award for Jay-Z’s song and music video “Smile.” The track featured his mother, Gloria Carter, who used the song to come out as a lesbian.

Ten musicians are up for the Outstanding Music Artist award.

Those artists include Miley Cyrus, Halsey, and St. Vincent. Kesha is nominated for Rainbow, an album that marked her triumphant return to music after a yearslong court battle with Dr. Luke, her former producer.

Other awards include Outstanding News Article, Outstanding Digital Journalism — Multimedia, and Outstanding Talk Show Episode.

Media companies like The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, and CNN are among the list of nominees in those categories.

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GLAAD itself is an awards-worthy organization in its own right.

From collaborating with online fashion retailer ASOS on a gender-fluid clothing line to creating Spirit Day — an annual national day of action to support LGBTQ youth — GLAAD has helped the LGBTQ community gain acceptance and representation in mainstream media.

So, are you going to watch the show?

Even if you’re unfamiliar with the list of nominees, the GLAAD Media Awards ceremony should definitely be worth watching. And with Jay-Z receiving special recognition, you just know Beyoncé is going to be there. You don’t want to miss that, do you?

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The GLAAD Media Awards will be held on April 5th Los Angeles and on May 5th in New York City. Go here for a full list of nominees.