2018 was definitely the year of accurate representation for Queer people. From movies to series to songs nd even video games, Queer people and Queer issues moved from being a minority to a major part of the media.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives. Mj Rodriguez (Pose) and Nico Santos (Crazy Rich Asians, NBC’s Superstore) on Friday, announced the nominees via live-stream on GLAAD’s Facebook page hosted by AT&T from Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival.
The nominee list contains 151 nominees in 27 categories including an inaugural category for Outstanding Video Game, along with Kids & Family Programming, Comedy and Drama Series, Documentary, Reality Series, Music Artist, Comic Book, print, broadcast, and online news, and five Spanish-language categories. The nominee list was selected from media published, released, or broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2018.
According to Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, “The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for LGBTQ inclusion in the media industry and changed the hearts and minds of countless audience members around the world.”
“This year’s nominees are changing the game by showcasing diverse races, genders, religions, ages, geographies, and genres in ways that challenge misconceptions and inspire LGBTQ acceptance. The 30th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards will honour these groundbreaking new LGBTQ stories while remembering the astounding positive cultural change that LGBTQ media representations have achieved.” Sarah Kate Ellis added.
Among the list of nominees are Love Simon, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Pose, Schitt’s Creek, The Handmaid’s Tale, Nanette, Janelle Monáe, Hayley Kiyoko, Troye Sivan, American Idol, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Law & Order: SVU, Don Lemon, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Univision, MSNBC, Ebony, GQ, CNN, and The New York Times.
“GLAAD has always leveraged diverse forms of media to share LGBTQ stories which change hearts and minds, and as the video game industry reaches new heights of popularity and influence, it is imperative that LGBTQ people and issues are included in fair and accurate ways,” Sarah Kate Ellis continued.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, which fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance, will be held in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 28 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on Saturday, May 4 at the Hilton Midtown. View the full nominee list here