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24th annual glaad media awards tribute book

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  2. 2. M arch 16, 2013 New York New Yo rk M arriot t M arqu is April 20, 2013 Los Angeles JW M arriot t Los An geles M ay 11, 2013 San Fr ancisco Hilton San Fr an cisco - Union Square connect with us
  4. 4. P R E S i d e n t ’ s l e t t er NOMIN E E S E L E CTION P R OC E S S spe c i a l h o n o rees n o m i n ees SUPPORT
  5. 5. from the president Welcome to the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Thank you for joining us to celebrate fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the media. Tonight, as we recognize outstanding achievements and bold visions, we also take pause to remember the impact of our most powerful tool: our voice. The past year in news, entertainment and online media reminds us that our stories are what continue to drive equality forward. When four states brought marriage equality to the election
  6. 6. from the president ballot last year, GLAAD stepped forward to help couples across the nation to share messages of love and commitment that lit the way for landmark victories in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on whether samesex couples should receive the same federal protections as straight married couples, and GLAAD is leading the media narrative and reshaping the way Americans view marriage equality. Because of GLAAD’s work, the Boy Scouts of America is closer than ever before to ending its discriminatory ban on gay scouts and leaders. GLAAD is empowering people like Jennifer Tyrrell – an Ohio mom who was ousted as leader of her son’s Cub Scouts pack – to share their stories with top-tier national news outlets, helping Americans understand the harm this ban inflicts on gay youth and families. GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project (CAP) is putting critical information about antigay activists into the hands of newsrooms, editors, and hosts around the country. Now, more than ever, journalists are challenging the lies and misinformation spread by anti-gay commentators.
  7. 7. from the president These are just a few examples of the ways that GLAAD is working to bring LGBT people and issues to the forefront. But there’s still a great deal of work to be done, particularly for the muchunderserved transgender community. Now we’re redoubling our efforts, calling for equal treatment of trans youth like Coy Mathis, and holding media like The New York Post accountable for anti-trans bias. With your help, I know that GLAAD can continue growing our impact to benefit LGBT people everywhere. Please join me in congratulating tonight’s nominees, award recipients and honorees, and in helping to ensure GLAAD can continue its work to lead the conversation for LGBT equality. Herndon Graddick President
  8. 8. NOMINEE SELECTION PROCESS The GLAAD Media Awards have been held annually since 1990; they recognize and honor news and entertainment media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect our lives.
  9. 9. SELECTION PROCESS Nominee Sel ec tion Nominees are selected by juries comprised of volunteers with interest and expertise in the particular media category they are judging. In 2012, over 70 volunteers served on 5 separate Nomination Juries, selecting 120 nominees in 25 English-language categories, and 33 nominees in 8 Spanish-language categories. In addition to year-round media monitoring by the juries, GLAAD issues a Call for Entries, encouraging media outlets to submit outstanding work for consideration. GLAAD may nominate a mainstream media project even if it is not submitted as part of the Call for Entries. However, media outlets created by and for an LGBT audience must submit in order to be considered for nomination. GLAAD does not monitor media created by and for the LGBT community for defamation – therefore we do not generate a pool of potential nominees for juries to review.
  10. 10. NOMINEE SELECTION Nominating Juries may select up to five nominees in each category. If no projects are deemed worthy of nomination, the juries may choose to nominate nothing. At the end of the year, the Nominating Juries submit their list of recommended nominees to GLAAD’s staff and Board of Directors for final approval. All media projects with LGBT images are evaluated using four criteria: 1. Fair, Accur ate a n d In c lu s iv e Representat ion s Rather than portraying the LGBT community in broad stereotypes, the project deals with the characters or themes in a fair, accurate, and multi-dimensional manner. (This is different than a “positive role model.”) Inclusive means that the diversity of the LGBT community is represented. This includes economic, geographic, and political diversity, as well as people of color, seniors, differently abled people, etc. 2. Bol dness a n d Or ig in a lity The project breaks new ground by exploring LGBT subject matter in non-traditional ways and handles the LGBT content in a fresh and original manner. Is this project cutting-edge?
  11. 11. NOMINEE SELECTION 3. Impact The project impacts society in a significant way. Does this project dramatically increase the cultural dialogue about LGBT issues? Or, does this project reach an audience that is not regularly exposed to LGBT images and issues? 4. Ov eral l Q u a lity A project of extremely high quality adds impact and significance to the images and issues portrayed. Fair, accurate and inclusive images can sometimes be weakened when they are part of a poor-quality project. Sel ect ion of Awa r d R ec ipien ts Nearly 700 GLAAD Media Awards voters contribute to the selection of award recipients in each category via online balloting. Voters are comprised of three groups: GLAAD staff and board, GLAAD Media Circle members, and GLAAD volunteers & allies (which includes previous Special Honorees, key media industry allies, volunteers from the Nominating Juries, and Event Production teams).
  12. 12. NOMINEE SELECTION The votes of these three groups result in a final slate of award recipients, which is then given to GLAAD’s Review Panel for certification. The Review Panel is comprised of the GLAAD Board co-chairs, senior GLAAD program and communications staff, and media industry experts. The members of the Review Panel are expected to view all of the nominees in each category. The final slate of award recipients is certified by the Review Panel, based on the results of the online balloting and their own expert opinions. Award recipients are announced at events held annually in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
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  15. 15. about the NOMINEES Full List Fil m Te l e v i s i o n J o ur n a l i s m & D i g i t a l Mus i c t h e a t er S Pa n i s h - L a n g u a g e
  16. 16. NOMINEES OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight Pictures Cloud Atlas Warner Bros. Pictures ParaNorman Focus Features The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summit Entertainment Your Sister’s Sister IFC Films
  17. 17. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING FILM – LI MITED RELEASE Any Day Now Music Box Films Keep the Lights On Music Box Films Mosquita y Mari Wolfe Releasing Musical Chairs Paladin North Sea Texas Strand Releasing OUTSTANDING DRA MA SERIES Degrassi TeenNick Grey’s Anatomy ABC The L.A. Complex The CW Smash NBC True Blood HBO OUTSTANDING CO MEDY SERIES Glee Fox Go On NBC Happy Endings ABC Modern Family ABC The New Normal NBC
  18. 18. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character) “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do” Raising Hope Fox “Family Matters” Drop Dead Diva Lifetime “L’Affaire Du Coeur” Franklin & Bash TNT “Lost and Found” Touch Fox “Ruby Slippers” The Mentalist CBS OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI- SERIES American Horror Story: Asylum FX Hit and Miss DirecTV Political Animals USA OUTSTANDING DOCU MENTARY Chely Wright: Wish Me Away First Run Features Codebreaker TODpix Hit So Hard Variance Films How to Survive a Plague Sundance Selects Vito HBO
  19. 19. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING REALITY PRO G RA M The Amazing Race CBS “It Is What It Is” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo TLC The Real L Word Showtime Small Town Security AMC Welcome to Hollywood Pregnant in Heels Bravo OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE “At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins” Oprah’s Next Chapter OWN “Autoshop Restores Bullied Gay Student’s Car for Free” The Ellen DeGeneres Show syndicated “Bishop Gene Robinson” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central “The Husband Who is Now a Woman and the Daughter Who is Now a Son” The Jeff Probst Show syndicated “Marriage Equality” The Suze Orman Show CNBC
  20. 20. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING DAILY DRA MA The Bold and the Beautiful CBS Days of Our Lives NBC OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALIS M- NEWS M A G AZINE “Almost Equal” Chronicle WCVB TV-5 [Boston, Mass.] “Being Transgender in America” Melissa Harris-Perry MSNBC “End of an Error” The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC “Golden Star” Rock Center with Brian Williams NBC “The Last Closet” Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALIS M SE G MENT Civil Rights Icon Supports Gay Marriage CNN Newsroom CNN Controversial Pastor Preaches Against Gays Anderson Cooper 360 CNN Matthew Mitcham Olympics Profile NBC Olympics NBC Obama Endorses Marriage Equality Good Morning America ABC Scout Mom Dismissed MSNBC Live MSNBC
  21. 21. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE “Black Church Reaches Out to Gay, Transgender Teens” by Meghan E. Irons The Boston Globe “Game Changer” by Andy Mannix City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.] “Generation Halsted” Series Windy City Times [Chicago, Ill.] “Most Local School Districts Ignore State’s Anti-Gay Bullying Law” by Phillip Zonkel Press-Telegram [Long Beach, Calif.] “Turned Away, He Turned to the Bible” by Douglas Quenqua The New York Times OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST Frank Bruni The New York Times Bill Nemitz Portland Press Herald [Portland, Maine] Leonard Pitts, Jr. The Miami Herald Eugene Robinson The Washington Post Dan Rodricks The Baltimore Sun
  22. 22. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAG E The Baltimore Sun The Boston Globe Portland Press Herald [Portland, Maine] Sioux City Journal USA Today OUTSTANDING MA G AZINE ARTICLE “The First Gay President” by Andrew Sullivan Newsweek “The Marriage Plot: Inside This Year’s Epic Campaign for Gay Equality” by Molly Ball The Atlantic “Netherland” by Rachel Aviv The New Yorker “School of Hate” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely Rolling Stone “The Transgender Athlete” by Pablo S. Torre and David Epstein Sports Illustrated
  23. 23. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING MA G AZINE OVERALL COVERAG E The Advocate/Out New York The New Yorker People Seventeen OUTSTANDING DIG ITAL JOURNALIS M ARTICLE “The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition” by Andy Marra HuffingtonPost.com “Boardroom Battle: Directors Clash Over Gay Rights” by Ryan Ruggiero CNBC.com “Eight Months in Solitary” by Andrew Harmon Advocate.com “Why Aren’t We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?” by Marc Lamont Hill Ebony.com “Workplace Protections for LGBT Workers Remain Stalled” by Chris Geidner BuzzFeed.com
  24. 24. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM –MULTIMEDIA “The Advocate 45” (series) Advocate.com “Athletes at Core of ‘Fearless’ Photo Project” by Patrick Dorsey and Jeff Sheng ESPN.com “’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: Transgender Officers on Secretly Serving in the U.S. Military” by Marc Lamont Hill Live.HuffingtonPost.com “Edie Takes on DOMA” In the Life ITLMedia.org “Gay Rights in the US, State by State” GuardianNews.com OUTSTANDING B LOG Autostraddle http://www.autostraddle.com blac(k)ademic http://blackademic.com The New Civil Rights Movement http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com Rod 2.0 http://rodonline.typepad.com Towleroad http://www.towleroad.com
  25. 25. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST Gossip, A Joyful Noise Columbia Records Adam Lambert, Trespassing 19 Recordings, RCA Records Frank Ocean, Channel Orange Def Jam Scissor Sisters, Magic Hour Casablanca Records Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game Decca/Polydor OUTSTANDING CO MIC B OOK Astonishing X-Men by Marjorie Liu Marvel Batwoman by W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III DC Comics Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg Dark Horse Earth 2 by James Robinson DC Comics Kevin Keller by Dan Parent Archie Comics
  26. 26. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING LOS AN G ELES THEATER The Children by Michael Elyanow Edith Can Shoot Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat The Irish Curse by Martin Casella Pieces by Chris Phillips Silent by Pat Kinevane OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER : B ROADWAY & OFF–BROADWAY Bring It On: The Musical book by Jeff Whitty, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green Cock by Mike Bartlett The Columnist by David Auburn Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter
  27. 27. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER : OFF – OFF BROADWAY Baby Daddy by Alec Mapa From White Plains written by Michael Perlman in collaboration with Fault Line Theatre A Map of Virtue by Erin Courtney Sontag: Reborn adapted by Moe Angelos, based on the book by Susan Sontag Tail! Spin! created by Mario Correa
  28. 28. SPANISHLANGUAGE NOMINEES OUTSTANDING DAYTI ME TALK SHOW EPISODE “Confirma su identidad como mujer” Showbiz CNN en Español “Fama y arte, ¿relacionados con la homosexualidad?” Paparazzi Magazine Mega TV “Lesbiana deportada Caso Cerrado” Telemundo
  29. 29. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW INTERVIEW “Entrevista con Christian Chávez” Cala CNN en Español “Entrevista con Orlando Cruz” Titulares Telemundo Telemundo “La familia de hoy” CNN en Español “Muerte Zamudio: ¿Nacerá una ley?” Conclusiones CNN en Español “Violencia en contra de las personas LGBT” Al Punto Univision OUTSTANDIN G TV JOURNALISM - NEWSM AGAZINE “Respeto a la diversidad” Primer Impacto Univision “Terapia de reorientación sexual” Encuentro CNN en Español “Los transexuales buscan su identidad en medio de ignorancia y prejuicios” Encuentro CNN en Español “Víctima del acoso: la historia de Amanda” Despierta América Univision “La vida en rosa” Aquí y Ahora Univision
  30. 30. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDIN G TV JOURNALISM SEGM ENT “Apoyo histórico” Noticiero Telemundo Telemundo “Comunidad LGBT en NY denuncia persecución policíaca” Noticias MundoFox MundoFox “Demócratas hacen esfuerzo para buscar apoyo” Informativo NTN NTN24 “En el cuerpo equivocado” Noticias 19 KUVS TV-19 [Sacramento, Calif.] “Reciben amenazas” Al Rojo Vivo Telemundo OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE “Gays y padres excelentes” by Pilar Marrero La Opinión “Matrimonio gay, un sueño cumplido para muchos” by Juan Matossian El Diario la Prensa “Promueven tolerancia y respeto a estudiantes gay” by Anna Macías Al Día [Dallas, Texas] “Sigue el acoso contra estudiantes LGBT” by Araceli Martínez Ortega La Opinión “Transgénero es elegida como concejal en Cuba” by Andrea Rodríguez Associated Press
  31. 31. NOMINEEs OUTSTANDING MA G AZINE ARTICLE “Amor genuino” by Cristina Saralegui People en Español “La lucha de Bamby” by Isis Sauceda People en Español “Samy ¡Sufrió por el machismo de su papá!” TV y Novelas OUTSTANDING DIG ITAL JOURNALIS M ARTICLE “Arianna, una transexual que lucha por su comunidad” by Alejandra Chaparro Terra.com “Así queda el poder gay tras las elecciones” by Elizabeth Cotte Univision.com “¿Es posible ser homosexual y ser persona de fe?” by Cary Tabares HolaCiudad.com “Hostigan a estudiantes por ser gay” by Wilma Maldonado Arrigoitía PrimeraHora.com “Operación tolerancia: la lucha contra la homofobia en los medios hispanos” by Lilia Luciano voces.huffingtonpost.com
  32. 32. Outstanding film - wide release OUTSTANDING DIG ITAL JOURNALIS M MULTIMEDIA “2013: Año clave para la comunidad gay” by Ramón Frisneda ElDiarioNY.com “Manifestaciones del orgullo gay alrededor del mundo” EFE
  33. 33. Outstanding film - wide release The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Fox Searchlight Pictures In this ensemble film, a group of British retirees move to India to stay in what is supposed to be a newly renovated hotel. Although not as advertised, some find refreshing new beginnings while others are eager to tie up loose ends. The retirees are unfazed when Graham, a former high court judge, reveals he has come to India to find the boy he loved during his youth. Graham spent his first 18 years in India, but he abandoned his lover when the two of them were found together. Graham locates his former boyfriend, and the two share a joyful moment together.
  34. 34. Outstanding film - wide release Cloud Atlas Warner Bros. Pictures This ambitious film from transgender director Lana Wachowski, her brother Andy Wachowski, and collaborator Tom Tykwer explores how our actions in the present were shaped by our distant past and will affect future generations. Prominent among the intersecting characters are Robert and Rufus, lovers in the 1930s, who are separated when Robert leaves to pursue his dream of being the next great composer. Connected only by the letters they send each other, their struggle to reconnect turns grim as Robert clashes with an older composer who attempts to steal his masterpiece. Rufus spends his life trying to get over Robert, and their letters eventually help prevent a nuclear disaster in the 1970s.
  35. 35. Outstanding film - wide release ParaNorman Focus Features In this PG-rated animated family film, Norman is a young boy with the ability to speak to the spirits of dead people. Ostracized because of this, Norman has only one friend, Neil. However, Norman’s power comes in handy when zombies attack his town. The zombies can only be stopped by the teamwork of Norman, Neil, Norman’s sister Courtney, and Neil’s brother Mitch. Mitch is a muscle-bound, car-obsessed jock, and Courtney spends the film flirting with him. But Mitch casually reveals at the end of the movie that he has a boyfriend.
  36. 36. Outstanding film - wide release The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summit Entertainment Charlie is starting his first year of high school. Struggling to cope with the suicide of his best friend and memories of his lost aunt, Charlie attempts to find his place among peers who don’t accept him. In the process, he meets step-siblings Sam and Patrick. Patrick is openly gay, and seemingly self-confident. But Patrick is in a secret relationship with Brad, the closeted star of the football team, who is beaten by his father upon finding out Brad is gay. Patrick and Charlie help each other survive the school year and become their best selves.
  37. 37. Outstanding film - wide release Your Sister’s Sister IFC Films Depressed since his brother’s death a year prior, Jack’s best friend Iris invites him to her father’s cabin in the Pacific Northwest. When he arrives, he finds Hannah, Iris’ lesbian sister who is visiting the cabin after her breakup with longtime partner, Pam. When the two cannot sleep, they bond over alcohol and end up in bed. When Iris shows up at the cabin the next day, Hannah learns that Iris is in love with Jack. Listening to conversations between the sisters, Jack believes that Hannah may have been using him to become pregnant. This is confirmed when he discovers the condom had holes in it. This awkward beginning leads the three of them to realize they can make a family together.
  38. 38. Outstanding film - limited release Any Day Now Music Box Films Set in the 1970s, gay couple Rudy and Paul take in Marco, a teenage boy with Down syndrome. When his mother abandons him, Rudy and Paul become the only loving family Marco has ever known. Things take a turn for the worst when the authorities discover their unconventional living situation. The couple decides to fight a biased legal system in order to gain custody of their son in this film based on a true story that is still relevant today.
  39. 39. Outstanding film - limited release Keep the Lights On Music Box Films With the narrative beginning in the late 1990s, this film chronicles the ten year relationship of struggling filmmaker Erik and lawyer Paul, who was in the closet when they met. As Erik tries to keep his career afloat by working on a documentary about groundbreaking gay artist Avery Willard, Paul spirals out of control with a drug addiction that lands him in rehab numerous times. With addiction putting a strain on their relationship, the couple’s highs and lows create heartbreaking moments as they fight to stay together.
  40. 40. Outstanding film - limited release Mosquita y Mari Wolfe Releasing Set in the Huntington Park area of Los Angeles, this comingof-age drama centers on two Chicana girls, Yolanda and Mari, who are paired as study partners. Yolanda is a straight-A student whose family believes she can reach the American Dream, while Mari shares the burden of providing economic stability in an undocumented family struggling to make ends meet. Together, Yolanda and Mari discover feelings for each other that, if revealed, could potentially shatter their respective families.
  41. 41. Outstanding film - limited release Musical Chairs Paladin This film is the romantic story of Armando and Mia, two New Yorkers brought together by their love of dancing. But tragedy strikes, landing Mia in a wheelchair. Armando remains determined to support her through this difficult time, and persuades her to join a group of people in chairs learning to ballroom dance. The group includes Chantelle, a confident, fun-loving African American trans woman. Armando’s uncle Wilfredo is Chantelle’s dancing partner, and as they practice for the big competition, they fall in love.
  42. 42. Outstanding film - limited release North Sea Texas Strand Releasing Set in the 1970s, Pim is a 14-year-old introverted boy who lives alone with his mother. He begins to have feelings for his neighbor, 17-year-old Gino, and the two become intimate. But Pim is devastated when Gino brings home a girlfriend. When Pim’s mother abandons him, Pim moves into Gino’s home, only to find that Gino has moved away to live with his girlfriend. As the health of Gino’s mother begins to deteriorate, he returns home to reveal that he still has feelings for Pim.
  43. 43. Outstanding drama series Degrassi TeenNick This year transgender high school student, Adam, began dating Becky, a new student at Degrassi. Unfortunately, Becky was raised in a conservative, evangelical Christian family. When her parents find out she is dating Adam, they send her to reparative therapy. But Becky rejects efforts to “cure” her, and she continues dating Adam. Meanwhile, Fiona has a new girlfriend - Imogene. And freshman student, Tristan, is desperately seeking his first boyfriend now that he’s in high school.
  44. 44. Outstanding drama series Grey’s Anatomy ABC Married couple Dr. Callie Torres and Dr. Arizona Robbins, now parents of Sofia, face a devastating hardship in the ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy. In the season eight finale, many of the doctors found themselves in a fatal plane accident. With Arizona’s life in danger, Callie made the call to have Arizona’s leg amputated. Arizona, who wanted to wait as long as possible to save her leg, now resents Callie for making the decision. But as the year came to a close, they showed signs of reconciling.
  45. 45. Outstanding drama series The L.A. Complex The CW Young aspiring music producer Tariq is awarded the opportunity of a lifetime to produce a track for superstar rapper Kaldrick King. To Tariq’s surprise, Kal kisses him and the two form a secret relationship. But the pressures of the closet cause disaster when Kal beats Tariq to keep his secret. Kal tries to make things right, but Tariq returns to Canada. Heartbroken, Kal attempts suicide. Kal then meets Christopher, a lawyer who represents someone suing Kal. Christopher is an out gay man, and while the two hit it off, he refuses to be involved with Kal while he’s still in the closet. When Kal’s father dies, he decides to come out to the world - and start a relationship with Christopher.
  46. 46. Outstanding drama series Smash NBC In Smash, two veteran writers, Tom & Julia, return to Broadway to write a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe called Bombshell. From finding the perfect leading lady to writing the perfect ending, the show follows Tom as he tries to balance his love life with all the work that goes into producing a Broadway musical. Tom briefly dates a gay Republican, John, which causes conflict in their relationship. Toward the end of the first season, Tom starts dating Sam, a chorus dancer from Bombshell and the two navigate building a relationship while dealing with religious differences. Sam is joined in the chorus by two other out dancers, Bobby and Dennis.
  47. 47. Outstanding drama series True Blood HBO The fifth season of the wildly successful vampire drama saw the blossoming of new relationships. The audience was teased throughout the season by the possibility of love and lust between new vampire Tara and her maker Pam, which was finally realized in the season finale. Russell Edgington rose from the ground to assist the Authority in ruling in the name of Lilith, along with his new vampire boyfriend, former anti-Vampire preacher Steve Newlin. Meanwhile Lafayette is still struggle to get over the death of his boyfriend Jesus, and dealing with his own supernatural abilities.
  48. 48. Outstanding comedy series Glee Fox Change is in the air as new students fill the halls of McKinley High. Among them is Wade Adams, who is on a path of selfdiscovery with each performance given as Unique, Wade’s powerhouse stage alter ego. Wade would like to live as Unique offstage too, but his parents forbid Unique’s appearance at school. Meanwhile, Kurt, still reeling from his breakup with Blaine, now finds himself accepted into NYADA. Together, he and Rachel navigate what it means to live in a world full of go-getters, boys, and competition. Santana and Brittany have ended their relationship as well, but not without tears and perhaps some regret.
  49. 49. Outstanding comedy series Go On NBC The dark comedy Go On tells the story of Ryan King, a sports talk radio host, who joins a support group after the death of his wife. In the group, Ryan meets Anne, a strong-willed prosecutor and mother of two children, coping with the death of her wife. Ryan and Anne become good friends, each supporting the other as they face the idea of dating again. When Anne is invited to a lesbian wedding, she can’t face the idea of going alone, so she invites Ryan as her “plus one.” And later, Ryan invites Anne on a trip to wine country to help her break the habit of visiting her wife’s grave every day.
  50. 50. Outstanding comedy series Happy Endings ABC Happy Endings follows six friends living in Chicago, including their gay friend Max. During the show’s second season, Max finds an unusual career as a limo tour guide, becomes roommates with his friend Dave, and even establishes a relationship. While dating a seemingly perfect guy, Max struggles to spend time with his friends as he realizes they are more interested in hanging with his boyfriend than him. Max’s relationship eventually comes to an end but his friendship with the other characters remain strong.
  51. 51. Outstanding comedy series Modern Family ABC When the emotional rollercoaster of trying to adopt another baby proves too difficult to handle, Cam and Mitchell decide their family is complete, that is until Lily convinces them to adopt a cat. As they come to terms with ending the adoption process, the family learns Gloria is pregnant. Cam and Mitchell quickly bounce back from the disappointment of not bringing home another child and help each other save their favorite tree in the park. Cam also takes a job as a music teacher, while Mitchell helps Hayley with legal trouble she faces following an altercation with a police officer on her college campus.
  52. 52. Outstanding comedy series The New Normal NBC The New Normal is a freshman comedy from creator Ryan Murphy about gay couple David and Bryan as they prepare to have a baby via surrogacy. They meet Goldie, a recently single mother who has left her Midwest home with her daughter to pursue a better life in Los Angeles. She decides to become a surrogate to fulfill her dream of going to law school and specifically searches for a gay couple. She agrees to have David and Bryan’s child. Although her racist, homophobic, and classist grandmother Jane tracks her down and attempts to dissuade her from assisting a “sinful” couple, Goldie and her daughter become fast friends with David and Bryan, providing them with good experiences as they prepare for fatherhood.
  53. 53. OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character) “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do” “Family Matters” Drop Dead Diva Lifetime Dan seeks the help of Grayson and Kim for a custody battle. He fathered Charlie with his friend Raising Hope Fox Carrie, but her fiancé Rick does Sabrina asks Jimmy to spend not want two male figures in the Halloween, a.k.a. “Gay child’s life. Problems arise when the Christmas,” with her gay friend Jordan and his boyfriend Elijah. In FDA intervenes with the information that they suspect Dan might be order to prepare for this holiday, operating an illegal sperm bank, Jimmy and Burt attend a gay bar to learn as much as possible about providing numerous women with his sperm. After the FDA drops the the gay community in order to charges, Dan is arrested for being impress Sabrina and her friends. a gay man who donates sperm, But Jimmy becomes uneasy when which is also illegal. This case Jordan and Elijah ask Sabrina to prompts the firm to investigate the be their surrogate mother, and he asks them to babysit Hope so they ban on sperm donations from gay men. Carrie ends her relationship can see how hard it is to raise a with Rick, promising Dan that he child. However, Jimmy’s plan fails can see Charlie whenever he likes. when Jordan and Elijah have a perfect night with the baby.
  54. 54. OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character) “L’Affaire Du Coeur” “Lost and Found “ Touch Fox Lani is waiting to board a plane Franklin & Bash TNT when she meets Will, who is Damien’s college friend, Lance, waiting to board the same plane. asks him for help with a case. A After a quick conversation with gay softball league is accusing him, Lani is informed that her Lance’s team of cheating because luggage was lost, forcing her to they believe Lance is straight. miss her flight. Lani goes home, The gay softball league wants only to discover that her partner, proof that Lance is gay, since Serena, with whom she is trying Lance has never engaged in a to have a baby, cannot conceive romantic or sexual relationship because her eggs are not viable. with a man, and was once married Lani reveals she is hesitant about having a baby; she likes the way to a woman. During the trial, things are and wants to focus on Damien asks Lance why Lance her career. This quickly changes, once punched him in a fight over however, when Lani turns on the a girl, and Lance discloses that it was because he realized he loved TV and discovers that the plane Damien but could never have him. she was supposed to be on has This proves to everyone that Lance crashed. Prompted by this chain of events, Lani decides she wants is gay, and that judging people based on stereotypes doesn’t have to seize the moment and have a baby after all, putting her career a chance in a court of law. ambitions aside and carrying the child herself. The episode ends with Lani and Serena flipping through a book of donors when they stumble upon a photo of Will, the man Lani met at the beginning of the episode.
  55. 55. OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character) “Ruby Slippers” The Mentalist CBS The team investigates the alleged murder of 19-year-old Archie Bloom, whose car was set on fire in an alley behind a drag queen cabaret. They discover that Archie faced physical abuse from his father in a misguided effort to masculinize him, and that he was bullied by homophobic coworkers. Finally, clues at Archie’s home lead the team to an abusive boyfriend. In the end, the murder was ruled a suicide. Those who physically abused Archie are charged with their crimes. In a final twist, the team finds out that Archie faked his death, and had been hiding out with the drag queens all along. The queens took him in and gave him the acceptance he had found nowhere else.
  56. 56. OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES American Horror Story: Asylum FX Set in 1964, lesbian reporter Lana Winters is trying to get the scoop on the harsh mistreatment of patients at Briarcliff Manor, an insane asylum. Lana’s desire to expose the asylum is discovered by Sister Jude, the headmistress, and she blackmails Wendy, Lana’s closeted girlfriend, into committing Lana against her will. Lana suffers terribly in the asylum, including undergoing “reparative therapy” in an attempt to “cure” her homosexuality. But in the end, Lana triumphs, exposing the atrocities at Briarcliff.
  57. 57. OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES Hit and Miss DirecTV Mia is a transgender woman who makes her living as a contract killer. Following the death of a former lover, Mia is shocked to discover she fathered a child, Ryan, who is now 11 years old. Mia’s former lover not only left her custody of Ryan, but also her three other kids, some of whom refuse to accept Mia as a parental figure. Mia must now balance motherhood, her career as a hitwoman and a new love interest, Ben. When Mia first tells Ben she is trans, Ben walks away. But eventually he returns to her. While on a job, Mia misses a target and has to run away with her children. Mia’s boss catches her before she leaves and points a gun at her, Ryan then points a gun at him in the hope of saving Mia, and the series ends in a cliffhanger.
  58. 58. OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES Political Animals USA Elaine Barrish is a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State who sought a political career after her husband’s successful, but controversial, presidency. TJ is Elaine’s openly gay son who came out while his father was still President. The pressure of being the first “gay First Son” has led TJ to some substance abuse problems. And when his affair with a married, closeted Republican congressman came to an end, he attempted suicide. The family attempts to help TJ - but also to cover up any potential bad publicity this could cause Elaine’s political career.
  59. 59. OUTSTANDING Documentary Chely Wright: Wish Me Away First Run Features Wish Me Away follows country singer Chely Wright over two years as she comes out as a lesbian in an industry generally not known for accepting the LGBT community. In addition to pressures from Nashville, Chely also faces internal and family struggles, but she navigates the breaking of past relationships and the formation of new ones. Wish Me Away showcases the challenges of coming out while maintaining a singing career and developing as an LGBT advocate.
  60. 60. OUTSTANDING Documentary Codebreaker TODpix Clare Beaven’s introduces viewers to Alan Turing, widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Also a cryptographer, Turing developed a system that cracked the German ciphers, an act critical to the Allies’ victory in World War II. But after the war, the British government ordered that he be chemically castrated due to his homosexuality. This brutal act led to the suicide of one of the 20th century’s most brilliant and important people at the age of 41. Codebreaker uses documentary elements and dramatized scenes to tell this devastating story.
  61. 61. OUTSTANDING Documentary Hit So Hard Variance Films Hit So Hard is the story of Patty Schemel, the openly lesbian drummer for Courtney Love’s band Hole. Schemel chronicles the early days of grunge music’s rise and the addiction to drugs and fame that came along with it. While she always knew that she was different from the other kids while growing up on a farm outside of Seattle, Schemel never expected the roller coaster ride she would face. Music brought her money and success, but she almost met the same fate as her legendary friend Kurt Cobain. Fortunately, she lived to tell her story, and Hit So Hard does not hold back a single detail.
  62. 62. OUTSTANDING Documentary How to Survive a Plague Sundance Selects David France’s Oscar-nominated How to Survive a Plague details the history of ACT UP and TAG Treatment Action Group as they fought to have the voices of the HIV/AIDS crisis heard. This acclaimed documentary not only details how the gay community was devastated by the illness, but also how a silenced community learned to speak up and demand treatment during a time when they were largely ignored by their own government. Through France’s skillful weaving of archival footage, the film chronicles a group of people whose will to live was more powerful than those who were working against them.
  63. 63. OUTSTANDING Documentary Vito HBO Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary Vito portrays the life of GLAAD co-founder, Vito Russo. Russo was a major figure in the early gay liberation movement and a highly regarded HIV/AIDS activist. A lover of cinema, Russo wrote The Celluloid Closet, which would forever change the way people wrote and talked about the portrayal of the LGBT community in Hollywood. Using archival footage as well as interviews with those who knew and loved Russo, Vito gives us a detailed portrait of one of the pioneers of the LGBT movement.
  64. 64. OUTSTANDING Reality Program The Amazing Race CBS This long-running reality show had one of its most inclusive seasons thus far with the two duos of gay Chippendales dancer Jaymes Vaughan and straight race partner James Davis, as well as the engaged Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge. Both teams managed to make it to the final three for the finale, with the underdog Beekman Boys coming from behind to win the $1 million grand prize. The season concluded with Josh and Brent sharing a romantic kiss in their very own New York City. “It Is What It Is” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo TLC In the final episode of the first season, Honey Boo Boo prepares for a pageant with the help of her gay uncle, Lee Thompson, nicknamed Uncle Poodle. The family embraces Uncle Poodle with open arms as he teaches Honey Boo Boo how to cartwheel. When asked about her uncle being gay, Honey Boo Boo replies, “Ain’t nothing wrong with being a little gay. Everybody’s a little gay.” Honey Boo Boo and her family’s love and acceptance for her uncle is shown throughout the episode, as they all prepare for the pageant. The Real L Word Showtime The creators of The Real L Word shook things up for the third season by going bicoastal, and the ladies stirred up more love and drama. Romi explored her bisexuality by dating Jay, and would later marry a different man later in the season. While Whitney and Sara plan for their wedding, Sara must deal with her mother, who wishes that she was getting married to a man. Rock band Hunter Valentine joined the cast, showcasing the ups and downs of being on the road. Lead singer Kiyomi started dating Lauren which proved challenging as Kiyomi had to go on tour. Cori and Kacy lost their baby during their fifth month of pregnancy, but decided they would try again.
  65. 65. OUTSTANDING Reality Program Small Town Security AMC “Welcome to Hollywood” Dennis Croft, a.k.a. The Pregnant in Heels Bravo Lieutenant, is a transgender man Pregnant in Heels follows who works at a private security fashion designer Rosie Pope, as firm in rural Georgia owned by she helps expectant mothers and Joan Koplan who calls herself fathers through her maternity “The Chief.” Joan met Dennis concierge service. In this many years ago, before his episode, Rosie is hired by Victor transition. Dennis has been in & Chris, a gay couple looking love with Joan for years, but tries to find the perfect color for their his best to honor her marriage to child’s room. The fathers are Irwin. Dennis dedicates his life having their second child through to the company and oversees all surrogacy, and are also looking the officers at the firm. He even for Rosie’s help to find the perfect lives on site since his home was gift for their surrogate. In the end destroyed in a tornado. As the Rosie helps Victor and Chris find season comes to an end, Dennis the perfect shade of yellow for meets a new woman and hopes their child’s room, along with the to begin dating her - and get perfect gift for their surrogate. over his love for Joan.
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  67. 67. OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE “At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins” “Autoshop Restores Bullied Gay Student’s Car for Free” The Ellen DeGeneres Show syndicated For her tenth season premiere, Ellen DeGeneres invited two Oprah Winfrey spent the day at people to share their heartwarming the home of Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Neil and David story. While in college, Jordan Addison’s car was vandalized. discussed the difficulties they With a broken windshield, slashed faced having children as a gay couple and told Oprah that kids of tires, and homophobic slurs etched in his car, Jordan had to gay parents are very much loved because of how hard couples have drive around for five months with to work to get them. Neil discussed the damage, attempting to raise money for repairs via bake sales. coming out as a successful actor, When auto shop owner Richard and the positive effects it had on Henegar, Jr. heard the story, he his career. immediately offered to help Jordan and completely repaired his car for free. For Richard’s kindness, Ellen and CoverGirl awarded both men $25,000. Oprah’s Next Chapter OWN
  68. 68. OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE “Bishop Gene Robinson” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central Bishop Gene Robinson visited The Daily Show to discuss his latest book, God Believes in Love. In a wide-ranging interview that included an extended portion posted on The Daily Show web site, Bishop Robinson discussed marriage equality and attempts by the anti-gay right to use the Bible to justify anti-gay bigotry. He points out that more and more Americans of all races, ages, and denominations are looking at LGBT families and seeing the values of love and commitment that Jesus talked about. “The Husband Who is Now a Woman and the Daughter Who is Now a Son” The Jeff Probst Show syndicated Jeff Probst interviews Randi and Shellie, spouses who were married before Randi began her transition. They openly discuss how Randi’s transition affected their relationship, including both emotional and physical changes. Jeff also interviews Sam, a trans teen who, after learning about chromosomes in the third grade, came home and told his parents he understood why he was born in the wrong body. Sam’s family is supportive, and allowed Sam to begin hormone blockers to avoid puberty, allowing Sam to live happily as a boy. Finally, Jeff interviews Marci Bowers, a surgeon who works with transgender clients, who is also a trans woman herself.
  69. 69. OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE “Marriage Equality” The Suze Orman Show CNBC Suze Orman began this episode with a segment on marriage equality. Orman discusses the financial burdens faced by samesex couples who are denied benefits because of the socalled Defense of Marriage Act. Orman hones in on four financial reasons why marriage equality is necessary: estate taxes, social security, pensions, and health insurance. Heterosexual couples have the ability to take advantage of all of these benefits, including inheritance of assets and benefits in the workplace. Orman also interviews Suzanne and Holly, a couple struggling financially. They share the burden of Holly’s debt, even though they are not legally married.
  70. 70. OUTSTANDING Daily Drama The Bold and the Beautiful Days of Our Lives CBS While it took a long time for Will Following a long absence, to come to terms with being gay, Karen Spencer returned to Los this year he learned to accept NBC Angeles with her spouse and her himself. He finally came out to his daughter Caroline. During an grandmother, and with Sonny’s awkward dinner with Caroline encouragement, he came out to and her new boyfriend, Karen other family members as well. finally comes out to him and Will and Sonny eventually started acknowledges that Dani, who dating, sharing intimate moments was previously introduced as onscreen just like any other her roommate, is her spouse. couple. Things became more Next Karen faces coming out complicated, however, when Will to her brother, whom she fears found out his ex-girlfriend, Gaby, will reject her the same way her is pregnant with his baby. Will’s father did. When Karen finally decision to hide this information works up the courage to come from Sonny put a strain on their out, her brother is very accepting relationship as the year came to and recognizes he needs to tell her he loves her more often. an end.
  71. 71. OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE “Almost Equal” Chronicle WCVB TV-5 [Boston, Mass.] This long-running local newsmagazine dedicated an entire episode to exploring the LGBT community in Boston. One of the stories focuses on David and Brian, who are legally married in Massachusetts, however, the U.S. does not recognize their marriage. Brian is from Malaysia and the two men constantly face the threat of his deportation. Another story focuses on LGBT elders, who sometimes force themselves back into the closet out when moving into assisted living. The final segment is about the local gay rugby team. “Being Transgender in America” Melissa Harris-Perry MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry hosted guests Kate Bornstein, Mara Keisling, Mel Wymore, and Allison Kilkenny for a roundtable discussion on transgender issues. Discussion points included how essential, yet limiting, labels can be, gender neutral pronouns, and the necessity of personal stories as a tool for educating. Part of the conversation centered on Cece McDonald, a trans woman imprisoned for defending herself while being attacked, and the unfair treatment of transgender people behind bars.
  73. 73. OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE “End of an Error” “Golden Star” The Rachel Maddow Show Rock Center with Brian MSNBC Williams NBC Rachel Maddow analyzes the retraction from Dr. Robert Spitzer of his own report on “reparative therapy.” In 1973, Dr. Spitzer was a pivotal part of the campaign to remove homosexuality from the DSM. But in 2001 Spitzer released a report indicating people can change their orientation, revitalizing a fringe group of reparative therapy practitioners. In April 2012, Dr. Spitzer announced via The American Prospect that he wanted to retract the study, citing the study was a series of anecdotes versus actual science. Maddow points out that the supporters of Prop 8 used the 2001 report to justify their arguments, and that his retraction undercuts the case they are bringing to the Supreme Court. In this segment, reporter Kate Snow interviews choreographer and actor Jin Xing. Jin Xing means “Golden Star” in Chinese, and she is one of China’s most famous celebrities. She leads her own dance company, which recently toured the United States, hosts her own talk show, stars in action films, and was a judge on China’s version of Dancing with the Stars. Jin Xing also happens to be transgender. Before her transition she studied dance in New York, but she wanted to return to China and begin her transition there. Now married with adopted children, she is successful and happy living in a country not known for its strong support of the LGBT community.
  74. 74. OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE “The Last Closet” Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel took a look at homophobia in men’s professional sports and the lack of out players. Jon Frankel interviewed Orlando Cruz, the first out professional boxer actively participating in the sport. In the interview, Cruz explains that he came out because he wants to be respected both in the ring and out on the streets. Frankel also interviewed LZ Granderson, a sports journalist, who shares that he personally knows about a half dozen gay men who participate in major league sports but refuse to come out. Finally, Wade Davis was interviewed. He played on three NFL teams and discusses the paranoia he experienced as a player, always afraid that someone would find out his secret.
  75. 75. OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT “Civil Rights Icon Supports Gay Marriage” CNN Newsroom CNN In this segment, Don Lemon interviews Rev. Joseph Lowery, a legendary figure from the 1960s civil rights movement and a close friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King. Lowery praises President Obama for supporting marriage equality, and examines the issue in the context of religion and race. He discusses how the Bible was previously used to justify slavery, and the parallels between gays today and the 1960s when it was illegal for interracial couples to be married. all gays and lesbians should be put behind “electrified fences” to “get rid of them.” Worley also slammed President Obama for supporting marriage equality. Rev. Gaddy points out that Worley’s comments contradict the values of the Bible and Christianity. Martin meanwhile discusses the legal issues surrounding Worley’s comments, and how churches are not allowed to take political stances if they wish to remain tax exempt. “Matthew Mitcham Olympics Profile” NBC Olympics NBC During primetime coverage of men’s Olympic diving, NBC aired a profile of Australian Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham. Mitcham was one of the few openly “Controversial gay male athletes at the 2008 Pastor Preaches games in Beijing when he received the highest single-dive score in Against Gays” Olympic history, and won the gold Anderson Cooper 360 CNN medal. This profile looks at how Anderson Cooper talks to Rev. Walton Gaddy and attorney Areva his life changed after Beijing as he became one of the most high-profile Martin about comments made by gay athletes in the world. North Carolina pastor Charles Worley during a sermon. Worley made headlines when he said that
  76. 76. OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT “Obama Endorses “Scout Mom Marriage Equality” Dismissed” Good Morning America ABC MSNBC Live MSNBC In 2012 Jennifer Tyrell was dismissed from the Boy Scouts Robin Roberts conducted an after it was discovered she was interview with President Barack gay. Since that time, Tyrell has Obama in which he affirmed his been instrumental in petitioning support for marriage equality. to lift the ban on gay and lesbian With this interview history was participation in the Boy Scouts. made, effectively changing the In this segment Tyrell, her son, tide on LGBT civil rights and and GLAAD president Herndon marriage equality. In the interview, Graddick talk about the Boy the President cited personal Scouts’ unfair and hurtful policies, relationships with LGBT members of and the need for change. Tyrell his staff and LGBT soldiers fighting also talks about the overwhelming for the rights of all Americans support she has received from as major factors in his support. people all over the country. President Obama is the first sitting president to endorse marriage equality. Good Morning America host
  77. 77. OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE sports, allies of the LGBT community are speaking out strongly. Among those allies is Chris Kluwe, a punter for the Minnesota Vikings, who was instrumental in defeating the proposed ban on same-sex by Meghan E. Irons marriage in Minnesota. In his The Boston Globe article, Mannix profiles Kluwe’s Meghan Irons profiles Union passion for social justice, and why United Methodist Church, a it’s so important to have support for historically black congregation in the South End, the heart of Boston’s LGBT people in the world of major gay community. Since 2007 Union league sports. , United has been an open and affirming congregation, reaching “Generation out to the LGBT community. Irons points out that other historically Halsted” (series) black churches in Boston are still Windy City Times [Chicago, Ill.] unwilling to discuss issues of LGBT Kate Sosin’s eye-opening series, equality. Recently, Union United “Generation Halsted,” takes you opened a youth drop-in center, inside the minds of Chicago’s atand actively encouraged gay risk and homeless LGBT youth as and transgender youth to attend. they fight to survive on the streets The youth, many of whom are after fleeing broken homes, abuse, people of color, express surprise and more. Sosin’s interviews and excitement that they can be with these youth reveal stories of themselves and practice their faith. intolerance, heartbreak, and the gap between queer homeless and the materialistic, “Game Changer” youth unhelpful, society theyand often must by Andy Mannix maneuver in order to survive. “Black Church Reaches Out to Gay, Transgender Teens” City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.] While there are no openly gay players in the major professional
  78. 78. OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE “Most Local “Turned Away, School Districts He Turned to the Ignore State’s Anti- Bible” Gay Bullying Law” by Douglas Quenqua by Phillip Zonkel Press-Telegram The New York Times Douglas Quenqua’s article profiles Matthew Vines and his journey to In this investigative piece, Zonkel self-acceptance as a gay Christian. reports on the six Long Beach school districts that have not implemented AB Attempting to reconcile his feelings, Vines left Harvard for a short time 9, the Safe Place to Learn Act, which to come out to his parents. He was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown vigorously studied the intersection in October 2011. Zonkel interviews students, teachers, and administrators of Christianity and homosexuality, discovering that the Bible does not for the two-part article. Many LGBT specifically discuss or denounce students described the bullying and gay relationships, but rather excess harassment they have faced from activities such as lust. While the fellow students and even teachers, while administrators denied receiving argument may not be new to Christian gay circles, Vines created notice about the policy changes required by AB 9. As Zonkel pressed a YouTube video that went viral, titled “The Gay Debate: The Bible administrators for comment, some and Homosexuality.” With the use refused to discuss the issue of LGBT of social media, youth and anyone bullying, while others believed they else struggling with being LGBT were running a “tolerant” school, and Christian, now has access to despite clear examples of bullying scholarly information to counter in their schools. The article includes anti-gay bigotry. alarming statistics on students who [Long Beach, Calif.] are bullied for identifying or being perceived as LGBT, with many students never reporting incidents due to fear of being outed or retaliated against.
  80. 80. OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST Frank Bruni Bill Nemitz The New York Times Portland Press Herald Frank Bruni is the first out oped columnist for The New York Times. This year, Bruni covered the campaigns for marriage equality in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington. He also wrote stories on Helen LaFave, Michele Bachmann’s lesbian step-sister who has been in a committed relationship for over 25 years; former Nebraska governor and Senator Bob Kerrey, who was seeking election to the seat he left behind over ten years ago and his advocacy for LGBT rights - even though that might be unpopular in the state; and an open letter to former President Bill Clinton, urging him to own up to the blemish that is DOMA, which he signed while president, and to come out in full support of marriage equality. [Portland, Maine] Bill Nemitz consistently covered the battle for marriage equality in Maine. One of his columns looked at EqualityMaine, discussing what’s next for the organization once marriage equality is achieved in Maine. Nemitz also wrote articles on Craig Hickman, a gay black Democrat who won his election in a landslide to represent the towns of Winthrop and Readfield in the Maine House of Representatives, and state Rep. Stacey Fitts, a Republican who voted along party lines just a few years ago, but is now supporting marriage equality.
  81. 81. OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST Leonard Pitts, Jr. Dan Rodricks The Miami Herald The Baltimore Sun This year, Leonard Pitts, Jr. continued his excellent coverage of LGBT issues with columns on the North Carolina ballot measure banning marriage equality, those who use the Bible to further their own anti-gay bigotry, and the uproar that occurred when a photograph of a gay marine kissing his partner upon his return from Afghanistan went viral. Dan Rodricks took marriage equality foes to task numerous times throughout the year in his column, attacking the irrational and fear-driven arguments of Maryland lawmakers against marriage equality. He points out that religious institutions are exempt from laws pertaining to marriage for same-sex couples, yet conservative lawmakers use fear of religious discrimination to bolster their arguments. Rodricks Eugene Robinson also tackles the heated issue The Washington Post of transgender-inclusive antiRobinson wrote a column supporting discrimination laws and the President Obama’s announcement bathroom debate. He argues that he is in favor of marriage that transgender people should equality. Robinson analyzed the be allowed to use the bathroom potential ramifications for the appropriate for their gender President and the shaky situation identity, and that fear mongering Republican presidential candidate about inappropriate bathroom Mitt Romney was in regarding the behavior is unsubstantiated by reinforcement of his stance against experience. marriage equality. Robinson also wrote a story about the NAACP’s vote to support marriage equality, placing the civil rights organization back in the spotlight and even taking a stronger stance in support than President Barack Obama did.
  83. 83. OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE The Baltimore Sun The Boston Globe The Baltimore Sun wrote This year, The Boston Globe numerous articles regarding the garnered nominations for bill to include gender identity Outstanding Newspaper Article in Baltimore county’s antiand Outstanding Newspaper discrimination policy. With the Overall Coverage. The Boston vote coming about a year after the Globe published multiple articles video of the attack on transgender centered on the LGBT community. woman Chrissy Lee Polis went Most notable was their consistent viral, the paper printed several and outstanding coverage of LGBT editorials supporting an inclusive youth, which included a story bill. Columnists Alison Knezevich about Camp Aranu’tiq, a summer and Dan Rodricks condemned camp specifically built to help the proposed amendment to the trans youth feel safe and welcome, bill that would have exempted along with a story about the United public restrooms and locker rooms, Methodist Church, a gay and transciting irrational fears founded on friendly church that’s determined to misleading lies. The newspaper bridge the gap between the gay also took a strong editorial community and African American stance in support of marriage community. In October 2012, the equality, and with its widespread newspaper made headlines when readership, helped voters choose it endorsed openly gay Republican marriage equality in the state of Richard Tisei for Congress. Maryland.
  85. 85. OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE Portland Press Sioux City Journal With several youth suicides in the [Portland, Maine] Herald local area, and with the film Bully In the 2012 election, Maine made history as one of the first states to vote in favor of marriage equality. As one of the most prominent newspapers in the state, the Portland Press Herald was in the midst of the heated and divisive campaign. The newspaper affirmed their belief that marriage equality should be granted while impressively fact-checking opponents of the measure. Contained in the numerous LGBTinclusive articles are stories on Maine’s Catholic diocese opting not to participate in the debate; a profile on Lisa Gorney and Donna Galluzzo, one of the first couples to get married in the city of Portland; and opinion pieces reflecting the progress of the LGBT movement with an emphasis on the work that still needs to be done. featuring a youth from Sioux City, the Sioux City Journal took an in-depth look at anti-LGBT bullying, including devoting the entire front page of its Sunday edition to an anti-bullying editorial. In other articles the paper covered the forum held by the governor to discuss bullying, a new database to track bullying incidents in schools, and a YouTube contest to find the student with the most creative ideas to combat bullying. The Journal also started a new community partnership called “Stop Bullying in Siouxland” in an attempt to change the culture of bullying. The newspaper also took an editorial stance in support of a state Supreme Court Justice who voted in favor of marriage equality in 2009, and was the target of a campaign to remove him from office. The Sioux City Journal also chose to publish several lengthy feature stories on LGBT issues from the Associated Press, exposing readers to national stories affecting gay and transgender people.
  87. 87. OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE USA Today USA Today is one of the most widely circulated newspapers in the United States, reaching millions of Americans every day. The newspaper dedicated front page stories to the USA Today/Gallup poll that found 91% of gay and lesbian people experience greater acceptance, police and prosecutors’ new role in the bullying plague, Elton John’s advocacy work with HIV/AIDS, and Edie Windsor’s financial plight following the death of her wife which lead to the Supreme Court case considering DOMA. Other feature stories included examining the greater likelihood of abuse for kids who don’t conform to gender norms, plans for LGBT senior centers in New York and Chicago, and the myth that Latino voters are more likely to be opposed to marriage equality.
  88. 88. OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE “The First Gay PresidenT” by Andrew Sullivan Newsweek In this cover story, writer Andrew Sullivan details President Barack Obama’s evolution on marriage equality. Sullivan notes that Obama’s tactics may have seemed politically calculated for his own advancement, but his actions were actually rooted in a deep understanding and respect for the LGBT community. While many people thought President Obama was moving too slowly on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and other LGBT issues, Sullivan argues that Obama was actually very skillful in his approach. By ensuring that Adm. Michael Mullen and Republican Defense Secretary Robert Gates supported the repeal of DADT, Obama outmaneuvered potential Republican challengers. Sullivan argues that Obama will use similar tactics for DOMA and marriage equality. “The Marriage Plot: Inside This Year’s Epic Campaign for Gay Equality” by Molly Ball The Atlantic In Molly Ball’s article, she examines the successful marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota. For the article, she dug deep into internal communications on both sides of the issue and provides an analysis on why marriage equality failed on the ballot 31 times before four wins occurred in one night. Ball looked at the marketing campaigns of marriage equality opponents, highlighting the television ad featuring a girl coming home from school to proclaim that she learned “that a prince could marry another prince, and she could marry a princess.” Ball observes that research showed personal stories about love and commitment made a difference for legislators and voters.
  90. 90. OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE “Netherland” “School of Hate” by Rachel Aviv The New Yorker by Sabrina Rubin Erdely In an article centered on LGBT homeless youth in New York, Rachel Aviv shares the experiences of several young people who have been abandoned by their families. One of them is Samantha, who left her Florida home after years of sexual abuse by a family friend. She plotted her escape by waiting until she was old enough so that homeless shelters would not send her back home to her family. Ryan is a young transgender man and must turn to sex work in order to survive. Life on the streets takes its toll when both Samantha and Ryan test positive for HIV. While they acknowledge that HIV is no longer a death sentence, their lack of health insurance and a stable living situation make dealing with the virus much more difficult. Rolling Stone After several teenage LGBT-related suicides in one school district, Sabrina Rubin Erdely profiles students in Anoka, Minnesota and their struggle for acceptance. When the Anoka-Hennepin school district shirks responsibility for protecting their students, kids begin to feel desperate and lonely, thinking the only option is to take their own lives. Teens are routinely bullied for being LGBT or perceived as LGBT, and administrators are fearful of even saying the word “gay.” The cultivation of this antigay climate results in violence, fear, and ultimately tragedy in this small community.
  91. 91. OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE “The Transgender Athlete” by Pablo S. Torre and David Epstein Sports Illustrated Pablo S. Torre and David Epstein interview several transgender athletes in this extensive article on trans people participating in sports. Keelin Godsey is a worldclass athlete who competes in the women’s hammer throw, and is the first American Olympic contender in any sport to openly identify as transgender. Controversy surrounded Kye Allums and his participation on a women’s NCAA basketball team with George Washington University. In the article, Allums shares the challenges of playing on a team while being subjected to media scrutiny. Torre and Epstein also look at Renée Richards’ historic struggle to play women’s tennis in the 1970s. The writers tackle a wide range of issues trans people face as athletes, including locker room politics and the impact of hormones on athletes’ bodies.
  92. 92. OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE Overall Coverage The Advocate/Out New York This year, The Advocate endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election, highlighting major accomplishments from the White House. It also profiled House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, whose first speech in Congress twenty-five years ago was about the AIDS epidemic. The Advocate/Out also detailed each of the marriage equality cases that had the potential to make it to the Supreme Court. The publications pondered the potential change in hip hop following the coming out of Frank Ocean, wrote articles on the intersection of LGBT and sports with a profile of ally Chris Kluwe, and took a look back at the history of the gay punk movement. New York magazine published a feature by Frank Rich titled “Whitewashing Gay History,” in which Rich argues that as we make ground in the fight for LGBT equality, we should not forget our history - including the fact that liberals and Democrats were not always our allies. He writes of Ed Koch’s failure to address the HIV/AIDS crisis, to Bill Clinton’s decision to sign DOMA, to a recent decision by the Smithsonian to censor art by David Wojnarowicz. Other articles this year included: interviewing bisexuals about the prejudice they face from gay and straight people; a story about transgender children; a retrospective on the 25th anniversary of ACT UP; and a profile of a polyamorous relationship.
  93. 93. OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE Overall Coverage The New Yorker People The New Yorker published People includes reporting on several lengthy feature stories on LGBT issues this year. Rachel Aviv wrote a compelling profile of homeless LGBT youth in New York, which is nominated for Outstanding Magazine Article. Other stories this year included: an in-depth profile of director Lana Wachowski, who is transgender; a lengthy examination of the Tyler Clementi case; a thoughtful look back at the last 30 years of the LGBT movement by Alex Ross; a profile of Christine Quinn who is considered a frontrunner in the New York City mayoral race; and a look at the camp aesthetic of Ryan Murphy’s television shows. openly gay celebs, along with human interest stories that allow readers to know more about LGBT lives. This year Monica Rizzo wrote a profile of fitness guru Jillian Michaels and partner of three years, Heidi Rhoades, who adopted a daughter from Haiti and had a son - with both children arriving within two weeks of each other. Another story by Elizabeth McNeil came after Rosie O’Donnell’s lifechanging heart attack. Rosie’s heart attack followed her wife, Michelle Rounds’, own health scare after being diagnosed with rare tumors. Eight years after a scandal resulting in his resignation, Nicole Weisensee Egan profiled former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. McGreevey shares his stories of faith, and his hope to become an Episcopalian priest. We also meet his partner, Mark O’Donnell.
  94. 94. OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE Overall Coverage Seventeen Early in the year, Seventeen held the “Pretty Amazing” contest. Spirit Day founder Brittany McMillan entered the contest, shedding light on her accomplishments as an LGBT person. Brittany made it to the finals, inspiring Seventeen along the way. The magazine went purple for Spirit Day, and editor-in-chief Ann Shoket took to the magazine to urge others to join in and stop LGBT bullying. Seventeen held another contest, this time to find the best boyfriend or girlfriend and encouraged LGBT teens to enter.
  95. 95. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE “The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition” by Andy Marra HuffingtonPost.com Andy Marra was adopted after she was sent to the United States from Korea at a very young age. Living in upstate New York, she promised herself that she would not begin her physical transition until she met her family in Korea. So, on a recent visit to that country, she embarked on a journey to discover her birth mother. In this compelling essay for the Huffington Post, Marra recounts her experience meeting her birth mother for the first time - and explaining that she was no longer the boy given up for adoption. With her birth mother’s full support, Marra now feels she is able to truly pursue her life as a woman. “Boardroom Battle: Directors Clash Over Gay Rights” by Ryan Ruggiero CNBC.com In light of the Boy Scouts of America’s continued ban on openly gay members, Ryan Ruggiero wrote an article on the internal struggles directors and board members face regarding company policy and their own personal feelings. Ruggiero focuses specifically on the CEOs of AT&T and Ernst and Young. Both companies are outspoken regarding their their support for LGBT equality, yet both CEOs sit on the board of Boys Scouts of America. While some board members such as Steven Spielberg back in 2001 resign due to personal conflicts, others may use the opportunity to use their status as leverage to make organizations more accepting of LGBT people.
  96. 96. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE “Eight Months in Solitary” by Andrew Harmon Advocate.com Andrew Harmon delves into the issues surrounding undocumented transgender people who have been detained by the Federal government. Transgender people are often placed in solitary confinement for months or even years at a time. Usually, solitary confinement is for male sex offenders, yet transgender people are told that there is no other place to put them and they are placed there for safety concerns. Yet, they often face sexual assault and no access to hormones. Under the Obama administration, there has been increased understanding of the medical and physical needs of transgender detainees, but there is still a long way to go. “Why Aren’t We Fighting for CeCe McDonald” by Marc Lamont Hill Ebony.com In this piece, Marc Lamont Hill questions the response, or lack thereof, to the violent attack on Cece McDonald, a 23-yearold black transgender woman. McDonald was the victim of a violent hate crime, and during the assault one of her attackers was killed. While numerous people were involved in the altercation, only McDonald was arrested and charged. The court refused to acknowledge CeCe as a woman, and most of the evidence that favored a plea of self-defense was not allowed. Now Cece McDonald has been placed in a men’s prison for 41 months. Hill offers startling statistics and urges members of all communities to fight for justice for black transgender people.
  97. 97. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE “Workplace Protections for LGBT Workers Remain Stalled” by Chris Geidner BuzzFeed.com It has been more than 16 years since the “Defense of Marriage Act” was passed in Congress. That same year Congress was one vote shy of passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ENDA. With the potential end of DOMA in the near future, Chris Geidner ponders why ENDA is still up in the air although polls show a large majority of voters support it. With the Republican-controlled House unlikely to support the bill, some are looking for an executive order from President Obama. However, the White House wants Congress to take action. Meanwhile, LGBT people remain without basic employment protections.
  98. 98. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA “The Advocate 45” “Athletes at Core series of ‘Fearless’ Advocate.com Photo Project” The Advocate celebrated its 45th anniversary through a series of slideshows, lists, Tumblr posts, and editorial reflections. Of special note is the optimized interactive timeline that begins with the first publication of The Advocate, created partially in response to the Black Cat riots in Los Angeles in 1967. Users can sift through important milestones in LGBT history, including the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, the election of Harvey Milk, and other key dates on LGBT history. by Patrick Dorsey and Jeff Sheng ESPN.com ESPN shares photographs by Jeff Sheng of openly gay college and high school athletes from across the country. Ten years in the making, Sheng has created over 150 portraits of openly gay athletes. Starting out with only 20 participants, there has been an outpouring of interest from out LGBT athletes from across the country. The photographs have been shown at the London Olympics, Nike headquarters and numerous campuses.
  99. 99. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA “‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: Transgender Officers on Secretly Serving in the U.S. Military” by Marc Lamont Hill Live.HuffingtonPost.com Meeting via Google Hangout on HuffPost Live, Marc Lamont Hill spoke with leaders in the transgender community about the ban on transgender people in the military. While the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a great feat, the transgender community was not included in the original law, and therefore was excluded in discussions of the repeal. Transgender people are not allowed to serve in the military under outdated health policies, and this discussion the impact on transgender service members and veterans. “Edie Takes on DOMA” In the Life ITLMedia.org In a interview for In the Life online, Edie Windsor discusses her marriage to Thea Spyer. The two were in a relationship for over forty years. They wed in Toronto in 2008, and their home state of New York recognized their marriage. Unfortunately, the United States federal government did not recognize their marriage, and upon Thea’s death in 2009, Edie was hit with over $350,000 in federal estate taxes. Edie hired lawyers, and is taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court. Her case, Windsor v. United States, will be heard by the Supreme Court starting March 2013. “Gay Rights in the US, State by State” GuardianNews.com The interactive team at the Guardian created a detailed and engaging chart mapping out LGBT rights in America on a state-bystate basis. By rolling your cursor over a state you can assess the color-coordinated issues including marriage equality, hospital visitation, adoption, employment policies, housing policies, hate crime laws, and school protections. This chart was so creative it went viral, introducing many people to the inequities faced by LGBT people.
  100. 100. Outstanding BLog Autostraddle bla(k)ademic http://www.autostraddle.com http://blackademic.com Founded in March 2009, Autostraddle is an independently owned, award-winning online magazine for lesbian, bisexual, and “otherwise inclined ladies and their friends.” With over 450,000 unique visitors and 2.5 million views per month, Autostraddle covers news, politics, culture, and entertainment relevant to the queer community. Since April 2012, Autostraddle has hosted two A-Camp events, which included panels, activities, and commentaries geared toward the queer community. Providing a progressive, intelligence voice, Autostraddle will host its third A-camp event in May. With its personal and honest approach, bla(k)ademic sets itself apart from the rest of the blogosphere. Started by thengraduate student, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler, blackademic covers issues faced by trans people of color. When not providing news and commentary on trans images in the media, Ziegler draws on his own experiences to provide advice for others, and further conversations about what he calls “black queer visibility.” The New Civil Rights Movement http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com Starting publication just days after Prop 8 passed in November 2008, The New Civil Rights Movement has covered many of the issues impacting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. With 20 contributing writers, The New Civil Rights Movement provides context to the news and opinions surrounding the LGBT community, with an emphasis in educating people about gay rights and marriage equality.
  101. 101. Outstanding BLog Rod 2.0 Towleroad http://rodonline.typepad.com http://www.towleroad.com Rod 2.0 is a blog by Rod McCullom, a journalist who reports on politics, pop culture, race, sexuality, health, and global development. His blog routinely breaks stories of interest about the black LGBT community that are often absent in other media. McCullom’s blog regulary reports on LGBT-related legislation in African and Caribbean countries, including Uganda’s vote on extreme anti-LGBT legislation, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller’s pro-LGBT platform, and Liberia’s lack of a gay rights bill. McCullom also updates on domestic issues, notably the murder of Chicago high school student Terrance “Jawan” Wright. Self-described as “a site with homosexual tendencies,” Towleroad has become a leading news source for politics, pop culture, gay culture and more. Started in 2003, the site provides up-to-date gay news, videos, and other information for the LGBT community in an entertaining way.
  102. 102. OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST Gossip, A Joyful Noise Columbia Records Indie punk rock band Gossip and out lead singer Beth Ditto had an amazing year. In addition to the release of Ditto’s memoir, Gossip released their fifth studio album, A Joyful Noise. Led by the singles “Perfect World” and “Move in the Right Direction,” the album became an international success for the band, cracking the U.S. Billboard 200 and U.K. Albums Chart while reaching the top five in France and Germany with a number one in Switzerland. Ditto also announced in 2012 that she is engaged to marry her girlfriend Kristen.
  103. 103. OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST Adam Lambert, Trespassing 19 Recordings, RCA Records Trespassing set a new record for out singer Adam Lambert. The album made history as the first from an openly gay male artist to reach #1 on the Billboard 200. Trespassing features the singles “Never Close Our Eyes,” “Better Than I Know Myself,” and the title track. Lambert worked with some big names for the album, including Pharrell, Bruno Mars, and Dr. Luke. He started off his banner year with spots on The Jay Leno Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and even made a television appearance on a Halloween special of Pretty Little Liars. Lambert also performed a benefit concert in Maryland in support of that state’s marriage equality referendum.
  104. 104. OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST Frank Ocean, Channel Orange Def Jam Frank Ocean created media firestorm when he announced on Tumblr that his first love was a man. His coming out, a first for a major artist in the Hip Hop and R&B community, received overwhelming support from fellow artists, including Jay-Z and Russell Simmons. Channel ORANGE, Ocean’s debut solo album, launched on the Billboard 200 at #2. The album garnered praise from critics and fans alike, and earned several Grammy nominations. Ocean sings about his love for the unnamed man on “Bad Religion” and “Forrest Gump,” and he has chosen to perform both songs during TV appearances, including the Grammy telecast.
  105. 105. OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST Scissor Sisters, Magic Hour Casablanca Records The Scissor Sisters spent 2012 creating a cult hit with the song “Let’s Have a Kiki.” From their critically acclaimed album Magic Hour, “Let’s Have a Kiki” spawned a music video and dance craze that received millions of views and inspired others to create their own versions of the song. Magic Hour reached #4 on the UK Albums Chart and #1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The Scissor Sisters collaborated with Pharrell, Diplo, and Calvin Harris for the project. The band embarked on a successful world tour and performed on Watch What Happens Live and the Wendy Williams Show.
  106. 106. OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA Rufus Wainwright, Out of the Game Decca/Polydor For his seventh studio album, Wainwright spent over a year collaborating with producer Mark Ronson. The album was met with critical acclaim, and was inspired by the birth of his daughter Viva and the death of his mother Kate. Musically, Wainwright took his direction into a more pop/rock style with more danceable songs than his fans are used to, invoking Elton John, David Bowie, and Queen. Rufus capped off his banner year by marrying his longtime partner, Jörn Weisbrodt.
  107. 107. OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST Astonishing X-Men by Marjorie Liu Marvel After years spent on the periphery of the X-Men universe, gay Canadian Northstar took a leading role in the ongoing series Astonishing X-Men thanks to new writer Marjorie Liu. Most importantly, Liu decided it was high time the superspeedy superhero got hitched to his longtime boyfriend Kyle in a storyline that became a media sensation after Marvel made the big wedding announcement on the ABC daytime talk show The View. The issue’s publication inspired weddingthemed celebrations at comic book stores across the country, and became an instant best-seller. Beyond the festivities however, Liu’s story also saw the government threatening to deport Northstar back to Canada, since marriage between samesex couples is not federally recognized, reminding readers of the tenuous legal situation same-sex couples still find themselves in. As if that wasn’t enough, the writer also gave a starring role to lesbian superhero Karma, whose battle with some wicked family members was a far darker affair.
  108. 108. OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK Batwoman by W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III DC Comics The acclaimed comic Batwoman continued its celebrated run with stories that found masked vigilante Kate Kane taking on an army of mythological creatures in Gotham while also contending with a secret government agency that blackmailed her into working for them. Meanwhile in her civilian life, Kate struggles to keep her relationship with Detective Maggie Sawyer afloat, even as Maggie is tasked with bringing the Batwoman to justice. So who better for Kate to ask for help than the amazon princess herself, Wonder Woman. Creators J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman continue to do justice to the only openly gay superhero from a major publisher currently headlining their own comic book.
  109. 109. OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg Dark Horse Following the destruction of all of the world’s magic, Buffy has gone back to basics in San Francisco. Willow, depressed about the loss of magic, ends her relationship with Kennedy and off into an alternate dimension to try to bring magic back. Kennedy invites Buffy to join her private security guard business, even though she blames her for the demise of her relationship with Willow. In a small town near San Francisco, gay teen Billy is often teased by the school jocks. When Zompires (a vampire/ zombie hybrid) kill the jocks and attack Billy and his boyfriend Devon, they decide to become vampire slayers. When the two save a library full of people from zompires, Buffy invites Billy to join her new Scooby Gang.
  110. 110. OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK Earth 2 by James Robinson DC Comics When news that a major DC superhero would be revealed as gay following the companywide relaunch, media speculation ran rampant over who it might be. The answer came with the launch of Earth 2, a new comic book exploring an alternate world in which the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, was now an openly gay billionaire preparing to propose to his boyfriend Sam. Unfortunately, in typical origin story fashion, disaster strikes the happy couple just before Sam can say yes and a fiery train explosion results in Alan gaining cosmic powers and an iconic green ring. Writer James Robinson continues to explore Alan Scott’s reaction to his boyfriend’s death, even having Scott choose a ring as the channel for his powers in remembrance of the love he feels for Sam.
  111. 111. OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK Kevin Keller by Dan Parent Archie Comics After garnering huge press attention following his introduction in the pages of the Archie comic Veronica, gay Riverdale high school student Kevin Keller finally got his own self-titled ongoing comic book in 2012. In addition to palling around with famous friends like Archie, Jughead, and Veronica, the first issue revealed that the seemingly perfect Kevin has a comically bad dating history, so he enlists his friends to help him get ready for his first big date in a year. Subsequent issues saw Kevin take part in a surfing competition, carry the Olympic torch, learn he has a secret admirer, and become extremely flustered meeting his childhood hero George Takei. As part of the kid-friendly Archie Comics line, Kevin Keller is a comic that LGBT youth of all ages can read and enjoy.
  112. 112. OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER The Children by Michael Elyanow What happens when a chorus member from Ancient Greece transports Medea’s children to save them from their evil mother’s wrath and mistakenly lands them in modern day Athens, Maine instead of Athens, Greece? Two characters are in same-sex relationships in a play that infuses both tragedy and comedy with the use of puppetry and human actors. With a category five hurricane approaching the shore, the characters must fight for survival and hope while trying to ensure Medea is not in their midst. Edith Can Shoot Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat Set on a farm in Middle America, Filipino American youngsters Edith and Kenny live alone, abandoned by their parents. Sixteen-yearold Kenny and his best friend Benji begin to form a romantic relationship, using a dictionary’s non-judgmental definitions for words like “homosexual” to seek solace in their relationship. When their living situation is threatened, 12-year-old Edith arms herself with a bow and arrow and a BB gun to protect the couple, as she matures from a little girl to a fierce woman. The Irish Curse by Martin Casella Stephen is a gay 38-year-old selfproclaimed “tall and handsome” NYPD police officer. He joins a support group in a Brooklyn Catholic church of men who are affected by their small penis size. He reveals to his peers that his small penis has led him to numerous anonymous sexual encounters. Yet as the support group continues, it becomes clear that the issues faced by Stephen, and all the men in the group, are not really about their penis size at all. That each of them struggles with basic issues of selfacceptance.
  113. 113. OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER Pieces by Chris Phillips Los Angeles Public Defender Rory Dennis must represent Shane Holloway, a man accused of brutally murdering one of Hollywood’s biggest gay power players. The case forces Rory to reflect on his own sexuality and ambivalence toward a community he feels less and less connected to. Feeling disgusted yet sympathetic toward Shane, personal and professional lines are crossed with those involved in the case. Silent by Pat Kinevane Silent tells the story of Tino, a homeless alcoholic with a history of mental illness. After losing his job, Tino can no longer adequately take care of his son and Tino’s wife kicks him out. With his mental health declining, Tino ends up living on the streets. Throughout the play, Tino is haunted by memories of his brother, Pearse, a gay man who committed suicide in the 1980s after being outed and shamed for his sexuality. In this one-man show, Kinevane tells a haunting tale about one man’s guilt over his gay brother’s suicide and what he could have done to save him.
  114. 114. OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY & OFF–BROADWAY Bring It On: The Musical book by Jeff Whitty, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green Based on the film of the same name, Bring It On: The Musical is a hilarious and heartfelt take on the world of competitive cheerleading. A new character, added for the musical, is La Cienega, a dancer turned cheerleader on the Jackson High School team. La Cienega is a trans student, but she is so confident it is not an issue for her - or anyone else. In fact, La Cienega gets the boy - and a romantic kiss - by the end of the show. Cock by Mike Bartlett Cock tells the story of John, a man who, while on a break from his boyfriend, falls in love with a woman. Told with wit and tenderness, Cock is not your typical love triangle. Although the plot is simple, the play examines deep themes like sexuality, love, obsession and what those mean in regard to one’s own identity. The Columnist by David Auburn This play looks at the life of Joseph Alsop, an American political journalist known for his influence on U.S. Presidents and foreign policy for over four decades. During a trip to Moscow in the 1950s, he had sex with a young man who turned out to be a member of the KGB. The young man photographed the encounter, reporting back to the KGB, which used the photos to blackmail Alsop. While rising to power in American political culture, Alsop was also a closeted gay man vigorously trying to hide his homosexuality during the McCarthy era. Alsop’s marriage failed when his wife finds the incriminating photo. As years pass, Alsop’s political column becomes irrelevant and out of touch with the beliefs of everyday Americans.
  115. 115. OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY & OFF–BROADWAY Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang In this Chekhov-inspired comedy, Vanya is a lonely, 50-something gay man living with his adopted sister Sonia in their childhood home in Bucks County, PA. Their lives are boring and uneventful, and they don’t have to pay for anything because their movie star sister Masha foots all the bills. Their lives are thrown into disarray when Masha, whose career is declining, returns home with her diva attitude and a hunk named Spike who is 20 years her junior. The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter Grieving the death of his boyfriend, morbidly obese, 600-pound Charlie confines himself to his small Idaho apartment, and starts eating his way toward his own demise. As Charlie’s health gets worse, he tries reconnecting with Ellie, his estranged daughter whom he has not spoken to in years. The Whale’s premise might seem offputting, but it successfully mixes heartbreak with humor and a major dose of painful reality.
  116. 116. OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF–OFF BROADWAY Baby Daddy by Alec Mapa Alec Mapa’s one-man show chronicles the ups and downs of gay fatherhood. With hilarious compassion, Mapa details the adoption of his five-year-old son Zion. Zion is from Compton, and when Mapa was informed that black males were the least likely to be placed in homes after the age of three, Mapa knew right away what he wanted to do. From gay cruises to PTA meetings, he reveals stories that leave the audience laughing one minute and crying the next. From White Plains written by Michael Perlman in collaboration with Fault Line Theatre During an Oscar acceptance speech, Dennis calls out Ethan for bullying that contributed to the suicide of a classmate when they were boys. This public denunciation leads Ethan to examine his past and current behavior. He publically apologizes, but Dennis doesn’t believe it’s sincere. The play asks the question of who gets to speak for a victim of bullying when they can no longer speak for themselves. The play’s tag line says it all: “Just because it gets better doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.” A Map of Virtue by Erin Courtney A quirky drama with deliberate overtones of Hitchcock and horror movies, Map of Virtue centers on a series of chance encounters between Mark, who is gay, and Sarah. It is narrated by a statue of a bird that is a painful reminder of an abusive past for Mark and the symbol of artistic liberation for Sarah. The pair’s uneasy friendship takes a strange turn when they, along with Sarah’s husband, are kidnapped and held captive in a remote location. The play’s gay themes are woven into the fabric of this offbeat tale, with Mark’s boyfriend playing a pivotal role in ending this hostage situation.
  117. 117. OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF–OFF BROADWAY Sontag: Reborn Tail! Spin! adapted by Moe Angelos, created by Mario Correa Former congressional aide turned Sontag writer Mario Correa chose four political scandals as the focus of In her own words, “Before there his play. The script is comprised was Sontag, there was Susan.” The play, based on Susan Sontag’s of verbatim texts, sexts, e-mails, and tweets performed for a crowd. journal from before she was a Correa picked the likes of now all famous essayist, explores her former New York Rep. Anthony doubts and insecurities, and Weiner, South Carolina Gov. Mark her emerging confidence as she Sanford, Florida Rep. Mark Foley, approaches womanhood. In her and Idaho Sen. Larry Craig. Mark journal, set between 1947 and Foley’s engagement in texting with 1963, she was able to not only express herself, but create herself, underage pages and Larry Craig’s infamous arrest at the Minneapolisexamining her love for another St. Paul International Airport for woman, and the loss of desire in tapping his foot are entertainment her heterosexual marriage. fodder for the audience. based on the book by Susan
  118. 118. OUTSTANDING DAYTIME OUTSTANDING TALK TALK SHOW EPISODE SHOW INTERVIEW SPANISH LANGUAGE NOMINEES “Confirma su identidad como mujer” “Lesbiana deportada” Caso Showbiz CNN en Español Caso Cerrado reaches millions After the Miss Universe organization allowed the participation of a transgender woman, Canadian Jenna Talakova, media interest was keen over what, in some countries, became a controversial decision. CNN en Español’s daily entertainment talk show explored transgender issues in an in-depth and respectful manner, going beyond the subject of beauty pageant participation. “Fama y arte, ¿relacionados con la homosexualidad?” Paparazzi Magazine Mega TV After Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz came out as a gay man, this entertainment talk show dedicated a full hour to LGBT people in the arts. The hosts explored a variety of topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity, including family acceptance, coming out, and discrimination. Cerrado Telemundo of viewers daily and often includes LGBT people bringing their case in front of Judge Ana Maria Polo. This episode looked at the intersection between LGBT and immigration issues and told the story of two women about to be separated because of the immigration status of one, and what that would mean to her and the child the women raised together.