The Peabody Awards, which recognize excellence in broadcast programming, named its winners this week, and shows with queer content including Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, Killing Eve, Pose, The Good Place, and Steven Universe were among those the jury honored.
The Peabody Award dates back to 1940 and began solely to honor radio. The evolution of the award is detailed on the Peabody website:
“Since 1940 the Peabody award has steadily grown from being the 'Pulitzer Prize for Radio' to recognizing excellence in a wide range of electronic media. In 1948 the Peabody Awards began recognizing television programs, and eventually, cable TV was included beginning in 1981. By 2003, the first website had been included in the list of winners and 2012 saw the first Peabody Award given to a blog. From the first radio broadcast, electronic media has been constantly evolving. As the possibilities for storytelling multiply, the Peabody Awards will continue to draw attention to stories that matter in electronic media. We look toward the new forms of storytelling that will arise as we move deeper into the digital age.”
Out of 10 honorees, exactly half feature LGBTQ stories. The Netflix special Nanette from lesbian comic Hannah Gadsby was a revelation in terms of confronting toxic masculinity when it dropped last summer.
Ryan Muphy’s Pose on FX chronicles the lives of transgender women of color amid the ball culture of the 1980s, a time when the specter of AIDS was prevalent. The show is also groundbreaking in that it features the largest cast of trans people in a TV show to this point.
Meanwhile, Killing Eve, BBC America’s cat-and-mouse thriller featuring Jodie Comer’s bisexual assassin Villanelle and Sandra Oh’s queer-leaning MI6 investigator Eve, is a favorite among queer women.
NBC’s The Good Place, from Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur, stars Kristen Bell as a bisexual lead character.
Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe, which features gender-fluid and queer characters, was the sole honoree in the children’s category this year.
Additionally, LGBTQ icon Rita Moreno, who recently starred on the progressive and queer One Day at a Time reboot, was awarded the Peabody Career Achievement Award.
Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow will host a ceremony for the winners on May 18 in New York City, according to IndieWire.