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The Advocate Among 2021 GLAAD Media Award Winners 

The Advocate Among 2021 GLAAD Media Award Winners 

GLAAD Media Awards

See the full list of honorees at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.


The Advocate is a winner, baby.

The LGBTQ+ magazine won in the category of Outstanding Print Article for "20 LGBTQ+ People Working to Save Lives on the Frontline." These profiles of out essential workers were authored by Diane Anderson-Minshall, David Artavia, Tracy E. Gilchrist, Desiree Guerrero, Jeffrey Masters, Donald Padgett, and Daniel Reynolds, who were all named as honorees.

The Advocate and its sister health magazine, Plus, were also up for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage -- a category The Advocate won in 2020 -- but they lost this year to People. An article from Out magazine, "It's Time for a New Tipping Point for Transgender Folks in Hollywood," by Tre'vell Anderson, was nominated but did not win.

The GLAAD Media Awards, established in 1990, "honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues," as GLAAD states. In addition to print and digital media, GLAAD honors film and television productions that excel at this purpose.

Other honorees this year include Schitt's Creek, Happiest Season, Star Trek: Discovery, The Boys in the Band, Veneno, We're Here, Disclosure, Uncle Frank, I May Destroy You, and The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo.

The win of Happiest Season may come as a surprise to some, as it won in the category of Outstanding Film - Wide Release, where it was up against Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, an Oscars contender. The Clea DuVall movie, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as girlfriends who go home for the holidays, was a breakthrough in holiday film representation.

The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Gilead, Ketel One Vodka, and Hyundai in partnership with Google, took place virtually Thursday on GLAAD's YouTube channel. Hosted by Claws star Niecy Nash, the ceremony featured special performances from Chika, Rebecca Black, and Nash's wife, Jessica Betts.

The event included several surprises and touching moments, such as the Glee reunion in honor of late cast member Naya Rivera. Talk also turned political. Sterling K. Brown, presenting an award to Laverne Cox and director Sam Feder for Disclosure, expressed solidarity with the transgender community as it faces high rates of physical violence as well as attacks from conservative politicians.

"Friends, I'm so proud to stand with the LGBTQ community tonight, just as the LGBTQ community stands with Black and diverse communities," the This Is Us star said. "Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives Matter, and I know we're going to keep spreading that message of unity and justice until every one of us is safe to live the lives we love."

Cox added, "We are looking for people to move beyond acceptance to radical acceptance, to radical self-love. To the trans youth watching right now, we want you to know that you're anointed, that despite all of the attacks that might be happening against you, you are divine. You deserve to be. You are here for a reason. You must survive to fulfill that divine purpose. I love you!"

Sports stars Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger also expressed support for transgender athletes as state lawmakers across the U.S. try to legislate away their right to play.

"As LGBTQ athletes and new, super tired moms, we really wanted to stand up for the youngest members of our community," they said. "The two of us -- and Uncle Kyle -- are speaking out on behalf of all of the trans student athletes out there. Trans students want the opportunity to play sports for the same reason other kids do: to be a part of a team where they feel like they belong. We shouldn't discriminate against kids and ban them from playing because they're transgender."

Additionally, YouTube star JoJo Siwa, who recently came out, used her platform as a presenter to advocate for the importance of visibility. "It's kinda major that people my age can look at me and say, 'Hey, I know someone who is LGBTQ and she's really, really happy,'" she said. "Especially LGBTQ kids who don't live in safe or accepting environments ... I just feel super honored to have a platform to tell everyone, 'Be who you are, love who you love, and do it with pride.'"

Learn more at and see the full list of nominees below. Watch the awards on Hulu beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern or in the YouTube video below.

Outstanding Film - Wide Release
The Craft: Legacy (Sony Pictures)
*Happiest Season (Hulu)
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Netflix)
The Old Guard (Netflix)
The Prom (Netflix)

Outstanding Film - Limited Release
Ammonite (Neon)
And Then We Danced (Music Box Films)
*The Boys in the Band (Netflix)
The Half of It (Netflix)
I Carry You With Me (Sony Pictures Classics)
Kajillionaire (Focus Features)
The Life Ahead (Netflix)
Lingua Franca (Array/Netflix)
Monsoon (Strand Releasing)
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (Vertical Entertainment)

Outstanding Documentary
Circus of Books (Netflix)
*Disclosure (Netflix)
Equal (HBO Max)
For They Know Not What They Do (First Run Features)
Howard (Disney+)
Mucho Mucho Amor (Netflix)
Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street (Virgil FIlms/Shudder)
Visible: Out on Television (Apple TV+)
We Are the Radical Monarchs (PBS POV)
Welcome to Chechnya (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Big Mouth (Netflix)
Dead to Me (Netflix)
Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Freeform)
Harley Quinn (HBO Max)
Love, Victor (Hulu)
Saved by the Bell (Peacock)
*Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Sex Education (Netflix)
Superstore (NBC)
Twenties (BET)

Outstanding Drama Series
9-1-1: Lone Star (Fox)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
P-Valley (Starz)
Ratched (Netflix)
*Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
Supergirl (The CW)
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)
Vida (Starz)
The Wilds (Amazon)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Outstanding TV Movie
Alice Junior (Netflix)
Bad Education (HBO)
The Christmas House (Hallmark Channel)
The Christmas Setup (Lifetime)
Dashing in December (Paramount Network)
La Leyenda Negra (HBO Latino/HBO Max)
The Thing About Harry (Freeform)
*Uncle Frank (Amazon Studios)
Unpregnant (HBO Max)
Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC)
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix)
Hollywood (Netflix)
*I May Destroy You (HBO)
Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

Outstanding Reality
Program Deaf U (Netflix)
Legendary (HBO Max)
Queer Eye (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
*We're Here (HBO)

Outstanding Children's Programming
"Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!" DuckTales (Disney XD)
"Dogbot," Clifford The Big Red Dog (PBS)
"Nancy Plays Dress Up," Fancy Nancy (Disney Junior)
*The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo (HBO Max)
Summer Camp Island (HBO Max)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming
Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)
Diary of a Future President (Disney+)
*First Day (Hulu)
Kipo and The Age of the Wonderbeasts (Dreamworks Animation/Netflix)
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
"Mary Anne Saves the Day," The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)
"Obsidian," Adventure Time: Distant Lands (HBO Max)
The Owl House (Disney Channel)
*She-Ra & The Princesses of Power (Dreamworks Animation/Netflix)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Outstanding Music Artist
Adam Lambert, Velvet (More Is More/Empire)
Brandy Clark, Your Life Is a Record (Warner)
Halsey, Manic (Capitol)
Kehlani, It Was Good Until It Wasn't (Atlantic)
Lady Gaga, Chromatica (Streamline/Interscope)
Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts (RCA)
Pabllo Vittar, 111 (BMT/Sony Music Brasil)
Peppermint, A Girl Like Me: Letters to My Lovers (Producer Entertainment Group)
Ricky Martin, Pausa (Sony Latin)
*Sam Smith, Love Goes (Capitol)

Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist
Arca, KiCk i (XL)
*Chika, Industry Games (Warner)
Fletcher, The (S)ex Tapes (Capitol)
Keiynan Lonsdale, Rainbow Boy (Keiynan Lonsdale)
Kidd Kenn, Child's Play (Island Records)
Orville Peck, Show Pony (Columbia/Sub Pop)
Phoebe Bridgers, Punisher (Dead Oceans)
Rina Sawayama, Sawayama (Dirty Hit/Avex Trax)
Trixie Mattel, Barbara (Producer Entertainment Group/ATO Records)
Victoria Monet, Jaguar (Tribe Records)

Outstanding Video Game
Assassin's Creed Valhalla(Ubisoft)
Borderlands 3: Guns, Love, and Tentacles (2K Games)
Bugsnax (Young Horses)
Hades (Supergiant Games)
If Found...(Annapurna Interactive)
Ikenfell (Humble Games)
Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft)
*The Last of Us Part II(Sony Interactive Entertainment)
*Tell Me Why (Xbox Game Studios)

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands (Blizzard Entertainment)

Outstanding Comic Book
*Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, written by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira (Marvel Comics)
Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin (DC Comics)
Guardians of the Galaxy, written by Al Ewing (Marvel Comics)
Juliet Takes a Breath, written by Gabby Rivera (Boom! Studios)
Lois Lane, written by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
The Magic Fish, written by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic)
Suicide Squad, written by Tom Taylor (DC Comics)
Wynd, written by James Tynion IV (Boom! Studios)
X-Factor, written by Leah Williams (Marvel Comics)
You Brought Me the Ocean, written by Alex Sanchez (DC Comics)

Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode
"Andy Cohen Calls for Change So He Can Donate His Plasma," Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (Bravo)
"Black Trans Lives Matter," Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
"Emily's Coming Out Story," Red Table Talk: The Estefans (Facebook Watch)
"Laverne Cox -- Exploring Trans Representation With 'Disclosure,'" The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
*"Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality," A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
"Black Trans Activists on Being the 'Blueprint for the Struggle for Black Freedom,'" MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson (MSNBC)
*"Dwyane Wade One-on-One: Basketball Legend Opens Up About Supporting Transgender Daughter," Good Morning America (ABC)
"Faith, Foster Care and LGBTQ Rights Collide in Supreme Court," ABC News Prime (ABC News Live)
"One-on-One With Transportation Secretary Nominee Pete Buttigieg," State of the Union (CNN)
"Trans and Non-Binary People Face Voting Barriers Ahead of 2020 Election" (CBSN)

Outstanding TV Journalism - Long-Form
*"ABC News Joe Biden Town Hall" (ABC)
"The Deciders" (CBS)
"Pride and Protest: Being Black and Queer in America in 2020" (NBC News Now)
"Pride on ABC News Live: The Landmark Decision" (ABC News Live)
"Prideland" (PBS)

Outstanding Print Article
*"20 LGBTQ+ People Working to Save Lives on the Frontline" by Diane Anderson-Minshall, David Artavia, Tracy Gilchrist, Desiree Guerrero, Jeffrey Masters, Donald Padgett, and Daniel Reynolds (The Advocate)
"The AIDS Quilt Marches Home" by Jason Sheeler (People)
"As Homeless Shelters Brace for Funding Cuts, LGBTQ Youths Take Desperate Measures to Get By" by Samantha Schmidt (The Washington Post)
"Delaware's Sarah McBride Makes History as the Nation's First Openly Transgender State Senator" by Meg Ryan (Delaware Today)
"How a March for Black Trans Lives Became a Huge Event" by Anushka Patil (The New York Times)
"It's Time for a New Tipping Point for Transgender Folks in Hollywood" by Tre'vell Anderson (Out)
"LGBTQ Americans Are Getting Coronavirus, Losing Jobs. Anti-Gay Bias is Making it Worse for Them" by Petruce Jean-Charles (USA Today)
"Lutheran High School Athletic Trainer, Coach Says She Was Fired for Being Gay" by Arika Herron (The Indianapolis Star)
"States Won't Collect LGBTQ Data on COVID-19 -- and Advocates Aren't Happy" by Chris Johnson (Washington Blade)
"Why Billy Porter Is a National Treasure" by Tre'vell Anderson (Essence)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
The Advocate

Outstanding Online Journalism Article
"The Battle Over Title IX and Who Gets to Be a Woman in Sports: Inside the Raging National Debate" by Katie Barnes (
*"Gay Men Speak Out After Being Turned Away from Donating Blood During Coronavirus Pandemic: 'We are Turning Away Perfectly Healthy Donors'" by Tony Morrison and Joel Lyons (
"Here's How Reggie Greer Takes on LGBTQ Outreach for Joe Biden in this 'Very Personal' Election" by John Gallagher (
"No Medicine, No Food: Coronavirus Restrictions Amplify Health Risks to LGBT+ People With HIV" by Nita Bhalla and Oscar Lopez (
"An Oral History of Fashion's Response to the AIDS Epidemic" [series] by Phillip Picardi (
"Queer Spaces Project" [series] by Nico Lang, Samantha Allen, Marke B., Matt Baume, Steven Blum, Alexander Cheves, Devlyn Camp, Michael Cuby, James Factora, KC Hoard, Sophie Hurwitz, Michelle Kim, and Daniel Villareal (
"Trans Athletes' Fight for Inclusion in World Rugby" [series] by Dawn Ennis, Alex Reimer, Karleigh Webb, and Cyd Zeigler (
"Trans Freedom Fighters" [series] by Sam Levin (
"Trans, Imprisoned -- and Trapped" by Kate Sosin (
"'You Don't Belong Here': In Poland's 'LGBT-Free Zones' Existing is an Act of Defiance" by Ivana Kottasova and Rob Picheta (

Outstanding Online Journalism - Video or Multimedia
"A Closer Look: Transgender in Kashmir" by Robert Leslie (Business Insider)
"I'm an Immigrant Fighting for Queer Rights and Racial Justice" by Abigail E. Disney, Catherine King, Maria Nunez, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Patty Quillin, Julie Parker Benello, Susan Sherrerd, and Lynda Weinman (Refinery29)
*"Stop Killing Us: Black Transgender Women's Lived Experiences" by Talibah Newman Ometu, Thomas Blount, Juliana Schatz Preston, and Mariah Dupont (Complex World)
"They Will See You: LGBTQ+ Visibility in Advertising" by Brent Miller, Otto Bell, and Jordan Shavarebi (Great Big Story)
"Why LGBTQ Rights Hinge on the Definition of 'Sex'" by Laura Bult, Ranjani Chakraborty, Melissa Hirsch, and Sidnee King (Vox)

Outstanding Blog
Gays With Kids
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
The Reckoning

Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media
*Windy City Times

Special Recognition
*After Forever (Amazon)
*Deadline's New Hollywood Podcast
*Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet/Warner Records)
*Noah's Arc: The 'Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment)
*Out (Pixar/Disney+)
*Razor Tongue (YouTube)
*"The Son" Little America (Apple TV+)

Spanish-Language Categories

Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series
Ana (Amazon/Comedy Central/Pantaya)
Elite (Netflix)
#Luimelia (Atresplayer Premium)
Someone Has to Die (Netflix)
*Veneno (HBO Max)

Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism
"Decision de la Corte Suprema Para Comunidad LGBTQ," Un Nuevo Dia (Telemundo)
*"La Hermana de Aleyda Ortiz Narra Como Salio del Closet y Como se lo Comunico a su Familia," Despierta America (Univision)
"Proyecto ser Humano: La Terapia del Engano," Camilo (CNN en Espanol)
"Refugio para Pacientes de COVID-19 y Comunidad LGBTI en Mexico," Un Nuevo Dia (Telemundo)
"Sanacion Milagrosa," Despierta America (Univision)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism Article
"El Brutal Asesinato de una Mujer Transgenero Conmociona a Puerto Rico y Renueva una Conversacion Sobre la Transfobia" por Harmeet Kaur y Rafy Rivera (
*"Desaparecio en Mexico, Solo se Hallaron sus Restos: La Historia de la Doctora Maria Elizabeth Montano y su Importancia para la Comunidad Trans" por Albinson Linares y Marina E. Franco (
"Entrevistas para el mes del Orgullo LGBT+" por Paula Velasco, Aurora Villasenor, y Sofia Viramontes (
"Elliot Page y el Dilema Social del Genero" por Marcos Billy Guzman (
"La Historia de un Amor Moderno" por Maria Torres Clausell (

Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism - Video or Multimedia
"Abril Zamora: Sin Filtros" (Elle Espana)
"Ciudad de Mexico Prohibe las 'Terapias' Contra la Homosexualidad" por Elias Camhaji, Jonas Cortes, y Rodrigo Floriano (El Pais)
"La Liga Deportiva de la Diversidad" por Lucia Anaya (VICE en Espanol)
"Mujeres LGBT+ en Mexico: Ari Vera" (Homosensual)
*"Soy Trans: El Camino a un Nuevo Despertar" por Sarah Moreno, Esther Piccolino, y Jose Sepulveda (El Nuevo Herald)

Special Recognition (Spanish-Language)
*Jesse & Joy, "Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)"

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Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.