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Every year, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) examines all facets of media in order to evaluate the level of inclusion and fair representation of a wide array of identities. GLAAD is one of the leading documenters of LGBT characters in television and film, and has broadened their assessment of media to include everything from blogs to articles. Recently, the organization announced its nominees for its 25th annual Media Awards, a chance to recognize those committed to expanding LGBT visibility through the media.

“The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” the organization explains. Categories for the awards include “Outstanding Film (Wide Release),” “Outstanding Comedy Series,” “Outstanding Mini-Series,” and many more. Here are some of the nominees for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards:

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

La Vie D'Adele, or Blue is the Warmest Colour

La Vie D’Adele, or Blue is the Warmest Colour is nominated for “Outstanding Film”

Blue is the Warmest Color

Dallas Buyers Club

Kill Your Darlings

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones


Outstanding Drama Series

The Fosters

Grey’s Anatomy

Orphan Black

Pretty Little Liars


Outstanding Comedy Series

Bert and Ernie "Moment of Joy"

DOMA-inspired cover art by Jack Hunter.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Modern Family

Orange is the New Black

Please Like Me

Outstanding Documentary


Call Me Kuchu

God Loves Uganda

The new Black

Valentine Road

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

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Lavern Cox stars on Orange is the New Black, nominated for “Outstanding Comedy Series”

The Advocate

ESPN The Magazine

The New Yorker



Outstanding Blog



Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

The New Civil Rights Movement


These are just a handful from the extensive list of awards categories. Each nominee is a shining example of the ways in which a creative idea, story or vision can be easily inclusive of all walks of life; perhaps one day we won’t need awards like these, because the media will focus equally on all kinds of identities. To see the full list of nominees, and to learn more about the annual GLAAD Media Awards, visit the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards homepage.