Sam Smith, “How To Get Away With Murder,” “The T Word” Earn GLAAD Media Awards Nominations

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It was a big year for queer entertainment, as evidenced by the nominees for the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards,  announced this morning.

Transparent, Pride, The Imitation Game, Sports Illustrated, Looking, The Salt Lake City Tribune, Mary Lambert and Against Me! are among the movies, TV shows, performers and content up for consideration for the media watchdog’s 26th annual awards.

Related: Naomi Campbell Praises Carmen Carrera, Trans Models At GLAAD Awards

Recent NewNowNext Artist of the Year Sam Smith is up for Outstanding Music Artist, while the Logo/MTV docu-series Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word was nominated for Outstanding Documentary.

Electronic Arts’ Dragon Age: Inquisition is receiving a Special Recognition award “for the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game.”

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“Dragon Age: Inquisition”

As evidence of the inroads the LGBT community has made, the number of nominees in comedy and drama categories was expanded from five to ten. The pool of shows with regular LGBT characters considered for nomination included 52 comedy series and 83 drama series—compared to eight comedy series and 17 drama series just ten years ago.

Related: George Takei Man Of The Hour At 2014 GLAAD Media Awards

“It’s been a remarkable year for equality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the visibility LGBT people have gained across media,” said GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis. “This year’s nominees… reflect the widening diversity of LGBT images and storylines that are closing the gap to full acceptance.”

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on March 21, 2015 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.

Check out the full list of nominees below


OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE

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“The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
“Love is Strange” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Pride” (CBS Films)
“The Skeleton Twins” (Roadside Attractions)
“Tammy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

OUTSTANDING FILM: LIMITED RELEASE

“Dear White People (Lionsgate)
“Life Partners” (Magnolia Pictures)
“Lilting” (Strand Releasing)
“The Way He Looks” (Strand Releasing)
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Film Movement)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

“Degrassi” (TeenNick)
“The Fosters” (ABC Family)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
“Last Tango in Halifax” (PBS)
“Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
“Orphan Black”(BBC America)
“Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family)
“Shameless” (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
“Faking It” (MTV)
“Glee (FOX)
“Looking” (HBO)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
“Please Like Me” (Pivot)
“Sirens” (USA Network)
“Transparent” (Amazon Instant Video)
“Vicious” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
(in a series without a regular LGBT character)

“Deep Breath,” “Doctor Who” (BBC America)
“Down a Tree,” “Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel)
“Identity Crisis,” “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime)
“Let’s Have a Baby,” “Playing House” (USA Network)
“No Lack of Void,” “Elementary” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

 

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

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“The Case Against 8” (HBO)
“L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin” (Showtime)
“Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word (Logo / MTV)
“To Russia with Love” (Epix)
“True Trans with Laura Jane Grace” (AOL Originals)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

“Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” (Fuse)
“B.O.R.N. to Style” (FYI)
“Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” (VH1)
“R&B Divas: Atlanta” (TV One)
“Survivor: San Juan del Sur” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Laura Jane Grace against me!

Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Xtra Mile Recordings)

Angel Haze, Dirty Gold (Island Records/Republic Records)

Mary Gauthier, Trouble & Love (In the Black Records)

Mary Lambert, Heart on My Sleeve (Capitol Records)

Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (Capitol Records)

 

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

“Days of Our Lives” (NBC)

“General Hospital” (ABC)

 

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK

“Hawkeye,” written by Matt Fraction (Marvel Comics)

“Lumberjanes,” written by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis (BOOM! Studios)

“Memetic,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

“Rat Queens,” written by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)

“Saga,” written by Brian K. Vaughan (Image Comics)

 

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

Katie Couric

“Issues Facing the Transgender Community” Katie (syndicated)

“Laverne Cox discusses ’The T Word'” The View (ABC)

“Michael Sam” “Oprah Prime (OWN)

“Pepe Julian Onziema” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

“Robin Roberts” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

 

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE

“Coming Out” Nick News With Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon)

“Gay and Muslim in America” America Tonight (Al Jazeera America)

“Gay Rodeo” This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN)

“Infield & Out: Baseball for All” Morning Joe (MSNBC)

“Transgender Society” [series] Ronan Farrow Daily (MSNBC)

 

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT

“Change is Coming to the South” Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

“Fired for Being Gay?” MSNBC Live (MSNBC)

“License to Discriminate?” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

“A Model with a Mission” Alicia Menendez Tonight (Fusion)

“Transgender Tipping Point?” This Week (ABC)

 

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

“A Christian Family, a Gay Son and a Wichita Father’s Change of Heart” by Roy Wens, The Wichita Eagle

“For Transgender Service Members, Honesty Can End Career” by Ernesto Londoño, The Washington Post

“An Identity to Call Their Own” [series] by Michael A. Fuoco & Mackenzie Carpenter (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“Longtime Utah LGBT Advocates Recount Brutal History”by Erin Alberty (Salt Lake City Tribune)

“When They Stopped Waiting” by Shaun McKinnon (The Arizona Republic)

 

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM: MUL TIMEDIA

“Left Behind: LGBT Homeless Youth Struggle to Survive on the Streets” by Miranda Leitsinger (NBCNews.com)

“Why Did the U.S. Lock Up These Women with Men?” by Cristina Costantini, Jorge Rivas, Kristofer Ríos (Fusion.net)

“With Technology I Didn’t Have to Sell My Body” by Kerri Pang (MSNBC.com)

“Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens” by Adri Margi, Christo Geoghegan (News.Vice.com)

“Young and Gay in Putin’s Russia” by Milene Larsson (News.Vice.com)

 

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE

“Do Ask, Do Tell” by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated)

“The Forsaken” by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)

“Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia” by Jeff Sharlet (GQ)

“Sex Without Fear” by Tim Murphy (New York)

“The Transgender Tipping Point” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

 

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE

Essence
Glamour
Out
Sports Illustrated
Time

OUTSTANDING BLOG

The Art of Transliness

Autostraddle

Box Turtle Bulletin

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

My Fabulous Disease

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare/Electronic Arts)

 

SPANISH-LANGUAGE CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION INTERVIEW

“Abigail Pereira participante transgénero de Yo Soy El Artista” Suelta La Sopa Extra (Telemundo)

“En cuerpo ajeno” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
“Felicia en Ventaneando: Platica sobre su transformación” Ventaneando (Azteca)
“Identidad Sin Fronteras: Inmigrantes transgénero buscan nueva vida en EEUU” Despierta América (Univision) “Intolerancia familiar” Realidades en Contexto CNN en Español)

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME PROGRAM EPISODE

“Cementerio homófobo” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo) “Maestro despedido por [ser] gay” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo) “Un mundo de juegos” La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

“Identidad sin fronteras” Panorámica (Univision/Pivot) La Travesía del Atleta Gay (CNN en Español)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Felipe Najera abre su corazón” Primer Impacto (Univision) “Michael Sam confiesa su homosexualidad” Sin Límites

(CNN Latino)
“Orlando Cruz habla de su vida” Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo) “Vínculos y rupturas” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT

“Corte Suprema de Justicia en EE.UU decline estudiar recursos sobre bodas del mismo sexo” Informativo NTN (NTN24)

“Posibles sanciones” Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo) “La historia de una [mujer] transexual” Café CNN (CNN en Español)
“Obama apoya la comunidad transgénera” Noticias MundoFOX

(MundoFOX)
“Ya no hay obstáculos” Noticiero Univision (Univision)

 

OUTSTANDING LOCAL TV JOURNALISM

“En centros de detención” Noticias Telemundo Arizona (KTAZ-Telemundo 39 [Phoenix])

“Cobertura de Spirit Day” [serie] Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Angeles])

“Justicia para Zoraida Reyes” Noticiero Telemundo (KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Angeles]

“Nombran a la primer mujer gay al Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico” Ultima Hora (Univision [Puerto Rico])

“Tacones de charro” Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Angeles])

 

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

“Caravana gay en contra la marginalidad social” by Panky Corcino (El Diario New York)

“¿Es la TV latina homofóbica? La respuesta te sorprenderá.” by Marta Sarabia (La Opinión)

“Gay, indocumentado y sin cuidados médicos” by Patricia A González-Portillo (La Opinión)

“Latino gay elegido alcalde de Long Beach responde a ataques homofóbicos” by Olivia Tallet (La Voz de Houston)

“Mamá, soy homosexual dijo Ricardo; su familia no entendió y lo corrió de su casa” by Selene Rivera (Hoy Los Angeles)

 

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE

“Identidades invisibles” [serie] by Marcos Billy Guzmán (ElNuevoDia.com)

“Identidad sin fronteras, un documental sobre los inmigrantes transgénero” (PeopleenEspañol.com)

“Una misión: repartir amor” by Istra Pacheco (PrimeraHora.com)

“¿Qué tan difícil es salir del clóset en Colombia?” (BBCMundo.com)

“Ser gay en China: La bandera del arco iris ondea libremente” (CNNEspanol.CNN.com)

 

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM: MULTIMEDIA

“Derechos de los homosexuales entran a la campaña electoral en Brasil” by Shasta Darlington (CNNEspanol.CNN.com)

“Hispanos LGBT quieren su propia reforma” by Álvaro Ortiz (LaV ozTX.com)

“Maité Oronoz jura como juez asociada del Tribunal Supremo” by Rebecca Bamuchi (PrimeraHora.com)

“¿Que es ENDA?” by Cary Tabares (Univision.com) “Venezuela: Madre lesbiana pide al Parlamento reconocer derechos de su hijo” (EFE.com)

 

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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