This morning, the nominees and honorees for the 24th 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.
This year, GLAAD’s social media was recognized 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. The Webbys now honors excellence in 7 major media types: Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Apps, Mobile, & Voice, Games, and Podcasts.
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 LGBTQ Presidential Forum in September 2019, GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day, and GLAAD’s recent “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:
team, it’s time for our Friday Night Chat. Let’s talk about self care. How have you been practicing self care this holiday season? Tweet us and let us know.
Love and take care of each other.
— GLAAD (@glaad) December 28, 2019
The FDA’s move today lowering the deferral of gay and bi men, and others in the LGBTQ community, from 12 to 3 months shows that we have the power to make change — but we’re not done. Sign the petition now and demand the ban be lifted entirely: https://t.co/seUHP6mgxI pic.twitter.com/eYcKj4cJ4f
— GLAAD (@glaad) April 2, 2020
“The Hallmark Channel’s decision to correct its mistake sends an important message to LGBTQ people and represents a major loss for fringe organizations, like One Million Moms, whose sole purpose is to hurt families like mine. LGBTQ people are, and will continue to be a part of advertisements and family programming and that will never change. GLAAD exists to hold brands like The Hallmark Channel accountable when they make discriminatory decisions and to proactively ensure families of all kinds are represented in fair and accurate ways.” @sarahkateellis
It’s Transgender Day of Remembrance and we will be holding an online vigil today to remember the names of the transgender people whose lives have been lost to anti-trangender violence this year. #TDOR thread. pic.twitter.com/zu7gOPiQQj
— GLAAD (@glaad) November 20, 2019
The so-called “One Million Moms” are at it again – this time speaking out against a Super Bowl ad that includes drag queens. It’s clear that the hate group’s tactics aren’t working, and it’s time for them to pack it up and go home.https://t.co/QujvegmvrK
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 30, 2020
VICTORY! After you spoke out, SB1082 was stopped and will not be heard today in the Arizona state Senate. The bill would have required Arizona teachers to teach abstinence only education to LGBTQ students.https://t.co/dRw3euFmtS
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 14, 2020
It’s great that there have been two forums for LGBTQ people to hear about issues impacting our lives, but we think that @CNN should ask about these issues on the #DemDebate stage.@sarahkateellis has laid out some good topics to start with. https://t.co/WtBOAabIee
— GLAAD (@glaad) October 15, 2019
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 10, 2020
We will be among organizations ready to hold companies accountable if they sit idly by as LGBTQ Tennesseans are placed in harm’s way. Sign our petition and urge Governor Bill Lee to veto this legislation.https://t.co/y9CYUiQ2C9
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 17, 2020