Awards season is upon us, with the Oscars looming in just a month. Yesterday, GLAAD, the organization that examines representation of gay and lesbian people in the media, released their list of nominees for their 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards.
And it turns out that it was a great year for the representation of the LGBT community. Consider this: In 2005, only eight comedy series and 17 drama series were eligible for GLAAD to consider. This year, they counted 52 comedy series and 83 drama series to choose from.
“For nearly 30 years, the GLAAD Media Awards have raised the bar for inclusion in news and entertainment, transforming LGBT representation in media and moving the dial for acceptance across the globe,” GLAAD president & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis toldVariety. “It’s been a remarkable year for equality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the visibility LGBT people have gained across media. This year’s nominees, including expanded categories in Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series, reflect the widening diversity of LGBT images and storylines that are closing the gap to full acceptance.”
Who’s up for awards? In the wide-release film category, Kristen Wiig’s The Skeleton Twins, The Imitation Game, the Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy, Pride and Love is Strange.
The comedy series category includes some familiar favorites like Glee and Modern Family, but also has shout-outs to Orange Is the New Black, the hilarious FOX series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and the excellent Amazon series Transparent, which stars Jeffrey Tambor as transgender woman (You can actually stream the show for free on Amazon this weekend!). In the drama division, GLAAD nominated the Shonda Rhimes-produced How to Get Away With Murder, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and Shameless.
In the documentary category, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox’s Logo show Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word also got a nod. In the reality program category, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, the program about a trans New Orleans rap star, also was nominated. And that’s just a taste. Other nomination categories include Outstanding TV Movie, Outstanding Music Artist, Outstanding Comic Book, and Outstanding Talk Show Episode. For the full list of nominees, head on over to the GLAAD site.
While there’s still a ways to go in the fight for equality, strides are clearly being made in TV and film. And that’s important. With positive, diverse representations in the media comes more societal acceptance, and with more acceptance comes solidarity, strength, and, ultimately, equality under the law. That’s the goal. In the meantime, let’s hand out some awards.