From the more than 35 LGBTQ-themed films released in theaters to the groundbreaking representations of queer people on TV shows like Pose and Vida, 2018 will go down as a turning point in intersectional LGBTQ visibility. And the GLAAD Media Awards nominees, announced early Friday, reflect that benchmark diversity.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of GLAAD, M.J. Rodriguez (Pose) and Nico Santos (Crazy Rich Asians, Superstore) announced the nominees via live-stream from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
"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," GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.
"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 honor these groundbreaking new LGBTQ stories while remembering the astounding positive cultural change that LGBTQ media representations have achieved."
With a relatively remarkable number of films to choose from this year, GLAAD nominated several more mainstream darlings, including Love, Simon, The Favourite, Crazy Rich Asians, and the teen comedy Blockers, along with indies like We the Animals and Saturday Church.
Purposefully missing from the nominated films is the box office blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody (which is nominated for an Oscar) following a piece in The Atlantic that highlights the alleged history of sexual predation by the director of the Freddie Mercury biopic.
In all, GLAAD nominated five films in its wide release category and 10 in limited release, a notable increase over past years.
Nominations for TV include the truly groundbreaking Pose, about trans women in the '80s ball scene, and the queer Latinx series Vida, which boasts a queer showrunner and a writers' room that is composed mainly of Latinx people, women, and queer people. The CW's Black Lightning, which features TV's first black lesbian superhero, is also nominated, as is the network's Supergirl, which introduced TV's first trans superhero this season. Netflix's Dear White People, the quirky comedy Schitt's Creek, and the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race are also among the nominees.
Women including Janelle Monae, Hayley Kiyoko, and Brandi Carlile made a strong showing in the Outstanding Music Artist category. Troye Sivan, Shea Diamond and Christine and the Queens, featuring nonbinary singer Heloise Letissier, also earned nominations.
For the first time in its history, GLAAD introduced a category for video games. The nominees include Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and The Sims Mobile.
Receiving special recognition awards are Hannah Gadsby's watershed Netflix special Nanette and Logo's Transmilitary.
The sole LGBTQ outlet to be honored with nominations in either the digital journalism or magazine categories is the recently shuttered outlet Into. The site earned a nomination in digital journalism for Sarah Kinosian's "LGBTQ Caravan Migrants Marry While Waiting for Asylum in Tijuana," and the video project House of Mamis, about a vogueing scene in Mexico City, earned special recognition.
View the full list of GLAAD's 2019 nominees below.
Outstanding Film - Wide Release Blockers (Universal) Crazy Rich Asians (Warner Bros.) Deadpool 2 (20th Century Fox) The Girl in the Spider's Web (Sony Pictures) Love, Simon (20th Century Fox)
Outstanding Film - Limited Release 1985 (Wolfe Releasing) Boy Erased (Focus Features) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight) Disobedience (Bleecker Street) The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) Hearts Beat Loud (Gunpowder & Sky) A Kid Like Jake (IFC Films) The Miseducation of Cameron Post (FilmRise) Saturday Church (Samuel Goldwyn Films) We the Animals (The Orchard)
Outstanding Drama Series Billions (Showtime) Black Lightning (The CW) Grey's Anatomy (ABC) The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) Instinct (CBS) Pose (FX) Shadowhunters (Freeform) Star (Fox) Supergirl (The CW) Wynonna Earp (Syfy)
Outstanding Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox - Now ABC) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW) Dear White People (Netflix) Modern Family (ABC) One Day at a Time (Netflix) Schitt's Creek (Pop) Superstore (NBC) This Close (Sundance Now) Vida (Starz) Will & Grace (NBC)
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character) "King in the North," Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) "Prom," Fuller House (Netflix) "Service," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) "She," The Good Doctor (ABC) "Someplace Other Than Here," The Guest Book (TBS)
Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX) The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) Life-Size 2 (Freeform) Sense8 (Netflix) A Very English Scandal (Amazon Prime)
Outstanding Documentary Believer (HBO) Call Her Ganda (Breaking Glass Pictures) My House (Viceland) Quiet Heroes (Logo) When the Beat Drops (Logo)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) Andi Mack (The Disney Channel) Anne With an E (Netflix) She-Ra (Netflix) Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
Outstanding Reality Program American Idol (ABC) I Am Jazz (TLC) Love & Hip Hop (VH1) Queer Eye (Netflix) RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
Outstanding Music Artist Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You (Low Country Sound/Elektra) Brockhampton, Iridescence (RCA) Christine and the Queens, Chris (Because Music) Hayley Kiyoko, Expectations (Atlantic) Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer (Bad Boy Records) Kim Petras, Turn Off the Light, Vol. 1 (BunHead) Shea Diamond, Seen It All (Asylum Worldwide) Sophie, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (Future Classics) Troye Sivan, Bloom (Capitol Records) Years & Years, Palo Santo (Polydor)
Outstanding Comic Book Batwoman, written by Marguerite Bennett, K. Perkins (DC Comics) Bingo Love, written by Tee Franklin (Image Comics) Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, written by Mark Russell (DC Comics) Fence, written by C.S. Pacat (BOOM! Studios) Iceman, written by Sina Grace (Marvel Comics) Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, written by Lilah Sturges (BOOM! Studios) Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim, written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Comics) Runaways, written by Rainbow Rowell (Marvel Comics) Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, written by Kieron Gillen, Simon Spurrier (Marvel Comics) Strangers in Paradise XXV, written by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
Outstanding Video Game Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (Ubisoft) The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset (Bethesda Softworks) Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire (ArenaNet) Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Versus Evil) The Sims Mobile (Electronic Arts)
Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode "Mike Pence and 'A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,'" Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) "NRA Problems, Chicken Bone Problems, Birmingham Problems," Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (HBO) "Trans Rights Under Attack," Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS) "Troye Sivan Hopes Boy Erased Reaches All Parents," The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS) "Valedictorian Seth Owen," The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine "Conversion Therapy: God Only Knows," CBS Sunday Morning (CBS) "Gender: The Space Between," CBS News (CBS) "Legacy of Hope," Nightline (ABC) "Respect," SC Featured (ESPN) "South Texas Pride," [series] KSAT News (KSAT-TV [San Antonio, Texas])
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment "Historic Number of LGBTQ Candidates on Ballots This Year," NBC Nightly News (NBC) "Mississippi Town Denies Pride Parade," Vice News Tonight (HBO) "Olympian Adam Rippon," New Day (CNN) "Same-Sex Couple Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling," CNN Tonight With Don Lemon (CNN) "Trump: 'Looking Very Seriously' at Changing Transgender Definition," Velshi & Ruhle (MSNBC)
Outstanding Newspaper Article "He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn't Get Disability Insurance" by Donald G. McNeil Jr. (The New York Times) "LGBTQ Parents Challenge Stereotypes in China" by Sue-Lin Wong, Jason Lee (Reuters) "'More Than Fear': Brazil's LGBT Community Dreads Looming Bolsonaro Presidency" by Marina Lopes (The Washington Post) "Pistons' Reggie Bullock to Transgender Community: 'I See Y'all as People That I Love'" by Malika Andrews (Chicago Tribune) "Transgender Students Asked Betsy DeVos for Help. Here's What Happened." by Caitlin Emma (Politico)
Outstanding Magazine Article "21 Transgender Stars, Creators Sound Off on Hollywood: 'I Want to Portray These Characters, and I'm Ready'" by Chris Gardner, Rebecca Sun, Lindsay Weinberg, Joelle Goldstein, Bryan White (The Hollywood Reporter) "Can a Transgender Woman Get Justice in Texas?" by Nate Blakeslee (Texas Monthly) "Ex-Scientologist Michelle LeClair Says Church Officials Humiliated Her After She Came Out as Gay" by Johnny Dodd, Tierney McAfee (People) "Lena Waithe Is Changing the Game" by Jacqueline Woodson (Vanity Fair) "They Are the Champions" by Katie Barnes (ESPN The Magazine)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage Billboard Ebony Entertainment Weekly GQ Variety
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article "Across U.S., LGBTQ Christians Try to Change Hearts and Minds From the Pews" by Julie Compton (NBCNews.com) "Bermuda Same-sex Marriage Ban Means Trouble for Tourism and Cruise Ships" by Ryan Ruggiero (CNBC.com) "Deadnamed" by Lucas Waldron, Ken Schwencke (ProPublica.org) "LGBTQ Caravan Migrants Marry While Waiting for Asylum in Tijuana" by Sarah Kinosian (IntoMore.com) "Workplaces Need to Prepare for the Non-Binary Future" by Samantha Allen (TheDailyBeast.com)
Outstanding Digital Journalism - Video or Multimedia "I Was Jailed for Raising the Pride Flag in Egypt" by Amro Helmy (Buzzfeed Video) "The Latinx Drag Queens Spearheading HIV Activism on the Border" by Paola Ramos (Vice.com) "March for Our Lives and LGBT activism: 'They're Definitely Linked for Me,' Says Emma Gonzalez" by Beth Greenfield (Yahoo! Lifestyle) "Marielle and Monica: The LGBT Activists Resisting Bolsonaro's Brazil" by Fabio Erdos, Marina Costa, Charlie Phillips, Jacqueline Edenbrow (TheGuardian.com) "Trans Model Aaron Philip is Making a Space for Disabilities on the Runway" (NowThis)
Outstanding Blog Gays With Kids Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters My Fabulous Disease Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents TransGriot
Special Recognition Nanette (Netflix) TransMilitary (Logo)
Outstanding Scripted Television Series (Spanish-Language) Elite (Netflix) Mi familia perfecta (Telemundo) Mi maridotiene mas familia (Univision) Papa a todamadre (Univision)
Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine (Spanish-Language) "Denuncian trabas migratorias contra la comunidad transgenero" Un Nuevo Dia (Telemundo) "Entrevista con Luis Sandoval para National Coming Out Day" Despierta America (Univision) "No es facil en EEUU ser un gay latino" Noticias Telemundo Mediodia (Telemundo) "La primera escuela para ninos transgenero de Chile" Nuestro Mundo (CNN en Espanol)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment (Spanish-Language) "Entrevista con Pat 'Cacahuate' Manuel" NoticiasYa Tampa Bay (Univision) "LAFC Pride Republic" Noticiero Univision Los Angeles (Univision) "Madre hispana lucha contra un agresivo cancer seno" Noticias Univision Arizona (Univision) "Primera Pareja Gay en Casarse en un Consulado Mexicano" Noticias Telemundo Mediodia (Telemundo) "Transpesina" Univision 21 Fresno (Univision)
Outstanding Digital Journalism (Spanish-Language) "Apoyo y recursos para jovenes LGBTQ y sus familias" por Virginia Gaglianone (LaOpinion.com) "Asi pinta la television hispana a los personajes LGBTQ, una representacion preocupante" por Daniel Shoer Roth (ElNuevoHerald.com) "Dallas: Para jovenes LGBT con DACA, la lucha ha sido salir de dos closets" por Jenny Manrique (AlDiaDallas.com) "De la censura a la celebracion: la historia de una exposicion queer en Brasil" por Ernesto Londono (NewYorkTimes.com/es) "Desaliento y miedo en medio de celebracion del Orgullo LGBT en NYC" por Jose Martinez (ElDiarioNY.com)
Special Recognition (Spanish-Language) House of Mamis (INTOmore.com)