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19th Annual GLAAD Media Award noms and honorees announced

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has released its list of nominees for its 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented to various figures for “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.”

This year Rufus Wainwright, Janet Jackson, Brian Graden, Wilson Cruz, Ilene Chaiken, David Mixner, Herb Ritts will be honored.

Among the nominees: Julie Taymor's musical extravaganza Across the Universe, Eytan Fox's third GLAAD Media Award-nominated film The Bubble, ABC's new hit shows Dirty Sexy Money and Greek, NBC's hit sitcom My Name is Earl, the episodes “Boy Crazy” from Cold Case and “Do Tell” from Boston Legal, Bravo's reality hit Work Out, 60 Minutes, Entertainment Weekly, three episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Spanish-language nominees Amar Sin Limites, Don Francisco Presenta, Al Rojo Vivo, and Al Dia Texas [Dallas].

“This year's extraordinary nominees exemplify the important strides we have made as a community toward creating a truly inclusive society,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “GLAAD's persistent, effective efforts to educate media professionals continue to yield a growing body of stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that are more compelling, more honest, and more real than ever before. We are proud to recognize all of this year's GLAAD Media Awards nominees.”

This year's honorees have used the power of their words, their music, and their art to advocate on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” Giuliano said. “They are changing hearts and minds, and opening people's eyes to the common, human experiences we share, and it is our privilege to honor them.”

And for the fundies, there are an awful lot of sponsors (over 100) to get their knickers in a twist over and put onto their boycott lists.

ABSOLUT® Vodka, IBM, AT&T, Harrah's Foundation, Allstate Insurance Company, American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, Inc./Bud Light, Atlantis Events Comcast, Coors Brewing Company, HMS Media, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, University of Phoenix, Terry K. Watanabe and Time Warner.

The full list of nominees is below the fold.

19th ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Across the Universe (Revolution Studios)
The Jane Austen Book Club (Sony Pictures Classics)
Stardust (Paramount Pictures)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
The Bubble (Strand Releasing)
Dirty Laundry (Codeblack Entertainment)
Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Pocket Releasing)
Nina's Heavenly Delights (Regent Releasing)
Whole New Thing (Picture This! Entertainment)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (The N)
Dirty Sexy Money (ABC)
Greek (ABC Family)
The L Word (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Exes and Ohs (Logo)
The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)
Ugly Betty (ABC)
The War at Home (Fox)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
(in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Boy Crazy” Cold Case (CBS)
“Do Tell” Boston Legal (ABC)
“Free to Be You and Me” Kyle XY (ABC Family)
“The Gangs of Camden County” My Name is Earl (NBC)
“Sin” Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Daphne (Logo)
The DL Chronicles (here!)
The State Within (BBC America)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Camp Out (Logo)
Cruel and Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison (WE tv)
For the Bible Tells Me So (First Run Features)
Freddie Mercury: Magic Remixed (VH1/Logo)
Small Town Gay Bar (Logo)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
“Chase/Lane” Trading Spouses (Fox)
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)
Project Runway (Bravo)
Who Wants to Be a Superhero? (SciFi Channel)
Work Out (Bravo)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
All My Children (ABC)
As The World Turns (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Born in the Wrong Body” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
“Gay Around the World” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
“Gay Athletes & Rappers: It's Not In to be Out” The Tyra Banks Show (syndicated)
“Growing Up Intersex” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
“Transgender Kids” The Tyra Banks Show (syndicated)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
Born in the Wrong Body (MSNBC)
“A Church Divided” In the Life (PBS)
“Don't Ask Don't Tell” 60 Minutes (CBS)
“My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children” 20/20 (ABC)
“A Royal Scandal” Primetime: Family Secrets (ABC)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM –
NEWS SEGMENT
“The First Casualty” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Gay Homeless Teens” Uncovering America (CNN)
“Gospel of Inclusion” Uncovering America (CNN)
“Sent Away to 'Change'” Good Morning America (ABC)
“Sex Change Controversy” Paula Zahn Now (CNN)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Aging and Gay, and Facing Prejudice in Twilight”
by Jane Gross (The New York Times)
“Girl/Boy Interrupted” by Lauren Smiley (SF Weekly)
“In a Progressive State, a City Where Gay Life Hangs by a Thread” by Andrew Jacobs (The New York Times)
“Line in Sand for Same-Sex Couples” by Teresa Watanabe
(Los Angeles Times)
“What the Heart Wants” by Lane DeGregory
(St. Petersburg Times)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST
Christine Daniels (Los Angeles Times)
Alfred Doblin (The Record [Bergen, NJ])
Mark Morford (San Francisco Chronicle)
Frank Rich (The New York Times)
Rebecca Walsh (The Salt Lake Tribune)

 

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE
The Boston Globe
Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
The Seattle Times
San Francisco Chronicle

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“Akinola's Power Play” by Kerry Eleveld (The Advocate)
“Dying to Come Out: The War on Gays in Iraq” by David France (GQ)
“The Kingdom in the Closet” by Nadya Labi (The Atlantic Monthly)
“(Rethinking) Gender” by Debra Rosenberg (Newsweek)
“Special Report: Gays at War” by Marc Haeringer, William Henderson, Michael Rowe, Corey Scholibo, and Bernice Yeung (The Advocate)

 

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate
CosmoGIRL!
Entertainment Weekly
Newsweek
Us Weekly

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“Gay Newsmen – A Clearer Picture” by James Hillis
(AfterElton.com)
“Gender and the Pulpit” by Lauren McCauley (Newsweek.com)
“Officially 'I Do'” by Tracy Stokes (BET.com)
“Oregon State Coach Fulfills Dream of Becoming Father” by Graham Hays (ESPN.com)
“Why the T in LGBT is Here to Stay” by Susan Stryker
(Salon.com)

 

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM –
MULTIMEDIA
“The Advocate 40th Anniversary'” (Advocate.com)
“Fuera del Closet: Gay Hispanic Immigrants in Dallas” by Sergio Chapa (NewAmericaMedia.org)
“Landmark Moments in Gay Hollywood” by Mark S. Luckle
(EW.com)
“Uncovering America: Fighting for Acceptance”
(CNN.com)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Bloc Party, A Weekend in the City
The Cliks, Snakehouse
Melissa Etheridge, The Awakening
Rufus Wainwright, Release the Stars
Patrick Wolf, The Magic Position

 

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
American Virgin by Steven T. Seagle (Vertigo/DC Comics)
The Boys by Garth Ennis (Dynamite Entertainment)
Midnighter by Garth Ennis, Brian K. Vaughn, Christos Gage, Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, and Keith Giffin (Wildstorm/DC Comics)
The Outsiders by Judd Winick, Greg Rucka, and Tony Bedard (DC Comics)
Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING – ELECTRONIC
“Change” Levis
“Goodbye” Orbitz
“Jewels” & “Time” Dolce & Gabbana
“Rejected” Chemistry.com
“Tu Pride – Jaime” MTV Tr3s

OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER
Act A Lady, by Jordan Harrison
Anything, by Tim McNeil
Avenue Q, book by Jeff Whitty, music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Havana Bourgeois, by Carlos Lacamara
The Long Christmas Ride Home, by Paula Vogel

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: 
     BROADWAY & OFF – BROADWAY
100 Saints You Should Know by Kate Fodor
All That I Will Ever Be by Alan Ball
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles by Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman
Some Men by Terrence McNally
Speech & Debate by Stephen Karam

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER:
     OFF – OFF BROADWAY
1001 Beds by Tim Miller
BASH'd: A Gay Rap Opera by Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow, music by Aaron Macri
I Google Myself by Jason Schafer
Yank! book and lyrics by David Zellnik, music by Joseph Zellnik
The Young Ladies Of by Taylor Mac

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
BET J
The Intelligence Report
Theater Rhinoceros

19th ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS
SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING NOVELA
Amar Sin Limites (Univision)
Mirada de Mujer: El Regreso (Azteca América)
Pecados Ajenos (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING VARIETY PROGRAM SEGMENT
“Cero” ¡Despierta América! (Univision)
“Entrevista con Victor Manuelle” Don Francisco Presenta(Univision)
“Primer matrimonio gay en ciudad de México” Don Francisco Presenta (Univision)
“Tema controversia: Adopciones entre parejas del mismo sexo” ¡Despierta América! (Univision)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
(in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“El amor de mi hijo” Lo Que Callamos las Mujeres
(Azteca América)
“La loteria” Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real (Univision)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Bisexualidad” Sin Tapujos
(Azteca América)
“Historia de amor: Saliendo del closet” Caso Cerrado
(Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING CELEBRITY NEWS SEGMENT
“Christian dice por que decidio declarar que era gay”
Escándalo TV (Telefutura)
“Comunicado de Christian Chávez, de RBD”
Ventaneando América (Azteca América)
“Está feliz” El Gordo y La Flaca (Univision)
“Fabian Lavalle victima de un violento ataque”
Ventaneando América (Azteca América)
“Regina Orozco” Historias Engarzadas
(Azteca América)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM –
NEWS SEGMENT
“Diversidad sexual” Primero Noticias (Galavision)
“Iglesia que convierte a los gays” Noticiero Azteca América
(Azteca América)
“Travesti mama” Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
“Union histórica” Noticiero Univision (Univision)
“Y el amor que?” En Contexto (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Angel del Odio” Noticentro 4
(WAP America)
“De hombre a mujer” Primer Impacto (Univision)
“Ley controversial” Al Rojo Vivo
(Telemundo)
“Secreto en las filas” Aqui y Ahora
(Univision)
“Ser o no ser” Punto Fronterizo
(Síntesis TV)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Cuando el amor se jura con palabra de hombre” by Daniel Shoer Roth
(El Nuevo Herald [Miami])
“Latinos en el 'downlow'” by Roxana García
(La Raza [Chicago])
“Los olvidados de la reforma migratoria” by Judith Torrea
(El Diario/La Prensa [New York])
“Me golpeaba y amenazaba con inmigración” by Jose Acosta
(El Diario/La Prensa [New York])
“Tacos y tacones: Diversión con sazón Diferente” by Sergio Chapa
(Al Dia Texas [Dallas])

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST
Luis Barrios (El Diario/La Prensa [New York])
Adria Cruz (Primera Hora [San Juan, Puerto Rico])
Araceli Martinez-Ortega (La Opinión [Los Angeles])
Mayra Montero (El Nuevo Día [San Juan, Puerto Rico])
Daniel Shoer Roth (El Nuevo Herald [Miami])

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE
Al Día Texas [Dallas]
El Diario/La Prensa [New York]
El Nuevo Día [San Juan, Puerto Rico]
La Opinión [Los Angeles]
Primera Hora [San Juan, Puerto Rico]

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“Christian de RBD, aceptó que es gay!”
(TV y Novelas USA)
“Entrevista con Luisa Fernanda,”
TV Notas USA
“Por primera vez en latinoamerica se realizó un mundial de futbol gay…” (TV Notas USA)
“RBD enfrenta la verdad” by Maria Morales
(People en Español)”
“Shakira logró reconciliar a Jaime Bayly con su padre”
(¡Mira!)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
TV Notas USA
TV y Novelas USA

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“Cierra tus ojos” by Andres Fortuño (Terra.com)
“Mexico: debate gay y unión civil” (BBCMundo.com)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Miles marchan por orgullo gay” by Gerardo Romo
(ElDiarioNY.com)
“Tacos y tacones” by Sergio Chapa and Ben Torres
(AlDíaTX.com)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Yolandita Monge, Demasiado Fuerte
Don Omar, King of Kings: Live
RBD, Empezar desde Cero

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Homofrecuencia (WRTE 90.5 FM [Chicago])

19th ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS
SPECIAL HONOREES

In chronological order:

Brian Graden
Vito Russo Award (New York)
As President of Entertainment at MTV Networks Music Channels and President of LOGO, Graden divides his time between leading and providing programming oversight to all the MTVN music networks including MTV, VH1, MTV2 and CMT, while at the same time being responsible for all aspects of the channel created specifically for the LGBT audience of LOGO.  Throughout his impressive career he has shaped pop culture on television.  Graden has helped MTV maintain its high ratings by launching programs like The Hills, My Super Sweet 16, and The Osbournes, among a slew of others.  With his leadership, VH1 has seen an increase in ratings fueled by popular series such as I Love the 70's/80's/90's, Best Week Ever, and Flavor of Love.  As President of LOGO, the first-ever full-time ad-supported network for the LGBT audience, he has helped fulfill its mission to provide quality entertainment for underserved viewers with a place where they can see and be themselves.  Graden also helped increase young viewers awareness of concerns like violence, discrimination and sexual health through the Emmy Award-winning “Fight For Your Rights” campaign.  As part of the campaigns, MTV produced such influential specials as the Peabody Award winning Social History of HIV, and Warning Signs.

The Vito Russo Award is named after a founding member of GLAAD and the author of The Celluloid Closet.  The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.  Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Elton John, Liz Smith, k.d. lang, David LaChapelle, and Tom Ford.

Wilson Cruz
Visibilidad Award (South Florida)
Best known for his role as Rickie Vasquez, the troubled gay
teen on the popular television series My So-Called Life, Wilson Cruz knows first-hand the struggles and hardships that face young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  Cruz came out to his own parents at age 19, and subsequently ended up living in his car and with friends after his parents threw him out of his home.  Cruz then came to Hollywood as an openly gay actor.  After earning acclaim for his work on My So-Called Life, Cruz also landed roles in the films Nixon, Joyride, All Over Me, Supernova, and Party Monster.  His television work includes roles on ER, Ally McBeal, West Wing, Noah's Arc, Party of Five and Monk.  Cruz also recently portrayed Angel in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Rent.  Off the stage, Cruz devotes his time to community work, serving as a mentor to gay youth, especially youth of color.  He filmed a PSA about the issue of homeless LGBT youth, and has volunteered his time as host for the Youth Zone, an online community at Gay.com for GLBT youth.

The Visibilidad Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Spanish-language media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.  Previous Visibilidad honorees include Richard Pérez-Feria and Jaime Bayly.

Janet Jackson
Vanguard Award (Los Angeles)
In addition to her Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Song for “Again” from her film Poetic Justice, Janet Jackson is the only performer male or female to be nominated for Grammy Awards in Pop, Rock, Dance, Rap and R&B, and the first female recording artist of color to be nominated for a Producer of the Year Grammy.  Jackson is ranked by Billboard magazine as the second most successful female artist in pop music history, selling over 100 million records worldwide.  She has also been a long-time ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  In 1997, the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum applauded her exploration of sexual orientation issues in her top-selling album The Velvet Rope, which also received the award for Outstanding Music Album at the 9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.  Jackson has also been awarded for her work around HIV/AIDS activism by AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Human Rights Campaign.

The Vanguard Award is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  Past recipients include Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, Eric McCormack, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Rufus Wainwright
Stephen F. Kolzak Award (Los Angeles)
In ten short years, Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.  His self-titled debut album was released in 1998 to critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone Magazine anointing the work as one of the best albums of the year.  Wainwright's subsequent releases, Poses (2001), Want One (2004) and Want Two (2005) and this year's Release the Stars continued to build his reputation as a brilliant artist.  Each album included lyrics which touched on LGBT themes, and all of them, including Release the Stars, were nominated for GLAAD Media Awards.  In addition to his own singular sound, Wainwright has branched out to the American songbook, most notably in his recent performance of the entire Judy Garland concert album recorded at the legendary Carnegie Hall in 1961.  Openly gay from the beginning of his career, Wainwright has utilized his musical talent to support the LGBT community.  In 2007, he was a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour which benefited the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations, including Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and The Matthew Shepard Foundation.

The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is named after a highly successful Los Angeles casting director who devoted the last part of his life to fighting AIDS-phobia and homophobia in the entertainment industry.  The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.  Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen.

Herb Ritts
Pioneer Award (Los Angeles)
Since establishing his celebrated career in the late 1970s, the late Herb Ritts built an extraordinary reputation as a master of art and commercial photography.  With an impressive repertoire of producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Interview, he also created unforgettable advertising campaigns for such iconic fashion brands as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, and Levis, among others.  Ritts directed numerous award-winning commercials and music videos, including Estée Lauder's “Pleasures Intense”, Giorgio Armani's “Acqua Di Giò,” Madonna's Cherish, Michael Jackson's In The Closet, and Mariah Carey's My All.  In addition to his highly regarded professional career, Ritts committed himself to numerous HIV/AIDS-related causes and contributed to many charitable organizations, among them The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Project Angel Food, Focus on Aids, and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), all while serving as a charter member on the Board of Directors for The Elton John Aids Foundation.

The Pioneer Award is given to a pioneering individual, group, or media outlet that made a significant contribution to the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-inclusive media images prior to the creation of the GLAAD Media Awards.  Previous recipients include Kate Clinton, Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon, Rev. Cecil Williams, Hank Plante, and KQED.

Ilene Chaiken
Davidson/Valentini Award (San Francisco)
Internationally known for her creation of the groundbreaking hit series The L Word, acclaimed writer and producer Ilene Chaiken has made a career of redefining sexual boundaries.  Now entering its fifth season, Chaiken's The L Word is praised by Curve magazine for “speak(ing) for a community that hasn't had much of a voice in the past.”  The series, which airs on Showtime, follows a group of friends, both gay and straight, through stories of career, family, inner struggle, friendship and romantic relationships.  In addition to her work on this cutting-edge series, Chaiken is also a co-founder of OurChart.com, a full-featured social network on the Web for lesbians and their friends.  OurChart.com is the first of its kind, a place where women can connect and develop relationships with friends of all colors, genders, and sexual orientations.

The Davidson/Valentini Award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini.  The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.  Previous recipients include Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, Alec Mapa, Robert Gant, B.D. Wong, and Sandra Bernhard.

David Mixner (San Francisco)
Pioneer Award
Once named the most p
owerful gay man in America by Newsweek, David Mixner is well known for his roles as author, political strategist, civil rights activist, public affairs advisor and blogger.  Mixner's passions include progressive politics, foreign policy, LGBT rights and wildlife advocacy and he spreads awareness of these issues through his daily blog, davidmixner.com. 

Mixner wrote the critically acclaimed memoir Stranger Among Friends and co-wrote Brave Journeys, his collaboration with actor/playwright Dennis Bailey, which topped the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.  He has participated in over 75 political campaigns, and has raised over $3 million for openly gay and lesbian candidates around the country.  Today, Mixner's expertise in HIV/AIDS makes him a prominent international public affairs/strategic-planning consultant working on access, prevention and treatment projects in Africa.

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