GLAAD media awards honor one of our own!

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced the nominees for its annual GLAAD media awards. The awards “honor outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community” and promote “fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT images and set a benchmark for media to build support for equality.”

Among the nominees this year:

Outstanding film – wide release
Burlesque (Screen Gems)
Easy A (Screen Gems)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Music Box Films)
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding drama series
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Degrassi (TeenNick)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding comedy series
Glee (Fox)
GREEK (ABC Family)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
United States of Tara (Showtime)

What struck me the most, looking at this list, was how many different pop culture outlets there were to choose from. Granted, a lot of the TV shows air on ABC or ABC Family, and the rest on cable, where potentially controversial material has always been more likely to find a home. Nonetheless, what this list suggests is that the pop culture landscape currently offers an impressive range of pop culture products that have been deemed accurate, fair and beneficial to the LGBT community. And that is great.

But the most exciting news of all is that this year, for the first time, GLAAD is awarding a media award for Outstanding Blog, and one of our friends in the blogosphere, Pam’s House Blend, has been nominated! And she’s in good company:

Outstanding blog
The Bilerico Project
Blabbeando
Joe. My. God.
Pam’s House Blend
Rod 2.0

Congrats to Ms. Spaulding and her team – we’ll have our fingers crossed for you! You can watch a video of some of the GLAAD-nominated shows and movies here.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://feministing.com/members/probablywriting/ Amanda

    I loved Easy A – I thought it was such a clever, funny look at high school double standards. I definitely recommend it. A movie I would add to the list – though it’s a small, independent movie rather than a big blockbuster – is Were The World Mine (though I guess it may have come out in ’09 . . . either way, it’s great). It’s an adorable and creative musical about a gay teen in an all-boys school and one of my all-time favorites.
    Degrassi is also doing a great job. They have a gay couple as well as a trans boy, all of whom are some of my favorite characters – they’re complex, interesting, and make the show an awesome step forward in representation of the LGBT community among YA media.

  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    I am grateful to see this as well. There was a time, and not all that long ago, where most queer-themed movies were absolutely awful. The plots were saccharine and formulaic and they bordered on exploitation, if not sexual titillation alone.

    It’s always encouraging to see progress being made.