This morning, the nominees and honorees for the 25th Annual Webby Awards were announced. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. The Webbys now honors excellence in 8 major media types: Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Apps & Software, Games, Podcasts, and Virtual & Remote.
This year, GLAAD & BuzzFeed’s “Drive the Vote” video series is nominated for “Video Series & Channels: Public Service & Activism.” Released in October 2020, the 4-part video series followed Mathew Lasky, GLAAD’s Director of Communications, as he drove across the country to talk with LGBTQ voters about the 2020 election, why they were voting, and what issues matter most to them. The series was created in partnership with leading global digital media company BuzzFeed and features interviews with LGBTQ voters across four battleground states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Video Series & Channels: Public Service & Activism category recognizes personal or branded video channels or series dedicated to public service and activism pursuits.
Voting for The Webby Awards is now open until May 6. Vote for “Drive the Vote” here.
Watch the “Drive the Vote” series below:
For the second year in a row, GLAAD’s social media is recognized at the Webby Awards as an Official Honoree in the category for “Social: Public Service & Activism.” This category recognizes social media accounts or content dedicated to public service and activism pursuits. Being selected as an Official Honoree means an entry has been selected as one of the best on the Internet as part of the Webby judging process.
GLAAD’s social media provides community and solidarity for LGBTQ people and is home for LGBTQ organizing that creates change. Most notably, GLAAD’s Twitter hosts a weekly “Friday Night Chats,” an extremely popular series which asks GLAAD’s followers to recount their biggest wins or self-care tips from the past week as a way to uplift and celebrate LGBTQ people and allies.
GLAAD’s social media is also a crucial element of GLAAD’s frontline work in uplifting LGBTQ stories and issues, as well as holding media and other notables accountable for their actions towards the LGBTQ community. GLAAD’s social media accounts are often the first to respond to LGBTQ news and announcements, and have been cited extensively by media outlets when covering important LGBTQ issues. GLAAD’s social media has also been used as the main platform for live-streaming GLAAD events or hosting GLAAD campaigns, including the 100 Days of Action campaign leading up to the 2020 election, the Black Queer Town Hall, GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day, and GLAAD’s “Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone” livestream event highlighting the LGBTQ response to COVID-19.
Check out some of GLAAD’s biggest social media moments from the past year:
Tell the @US_FDA to lift the ban that hinders gay men, bisexual men, and men who have sex with men from donating blood.
— GLAAD (@glaad) March 27, 2020
— GLAAD (@glaad) July 31, 2020
.@TheElliotPage has given us fantastic characters on-screen, and has been an outspoken advocate for all LGBTQ people. Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him. All trans people deserve to be accepted. https://t.co/Ba7HOBgU5G pic.twitter.com/qFR1qG4H6q
— GLAAD (@glaad) December 1, 2020
Twitter is back up just in time for our Friday Night Chat. What’s a piece of good news you received this week? Tweet us let us know.
Love and celebrate each other.
— GLAAD (@glaad) April 17, 2021
Unfortunately, a fly got more air time during the #VPDebate than LGBTQ issues did.
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 8, 2020
If you want to direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive, support orgs that help Black trans people like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell and @ukblackpride
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 7, 2020
On the anniversary of the start of the Stonewall riots, the NYPD is attacking LGBTQ people who are marching for Pride. Let that sink in. https://t.co/j4ZL4jMHsa
— GLAAD (@glaad) June 28, 2020