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TIP SHEET: DIVERSITY, FACTS, AND FIGURES FOR THE 34TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS
- Last updated: May 24, 2023
Please find a press release with the complete list of nominees for the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at www.glaad.org/releases.
Additional facts, figures, and details about the diversity of this year’s nominees follows.
TOTAL NUMBER OF NOMINEES:
(265 English, 30 Spanish-language)
TOTAL NUMBER OF GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS CATEGORIES:
(29 English, 4 Spanish-language)
CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION:
GLAAD Media Awards nominees are selected using the following four criteria:
- Fair, Accurate, and Inclusive Representations – Rather than portraying the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community using broad stereotypes, the project deals with the characters or themes in a fair, accurate, and multi-dimensional manner. Inclusive speaks to the importance of having the diversity of the LGBTQ community represented in our nominees.
- Boldness and Originality – The project breaks new ground by exploring LGBTQ subject matter in non-traditional ways, and handles the LGBTQ content in a fresh and original manner.
- Impact – The media project dramatically increases the cultural dialogue about LGBTQ issues, or reaches an audience that is not regularly exposed to LGBTQ images and issues. The project has significant cultural impact.
- Overall Quality – A project of extremely high quality adds significance to the images and issues portrayed and draws more viewers or readers to the material. Fair, accurate, and inclusive images may be less impactful if they are part of a poor-quality project.
FACTS ABOUT THE NOMINEES:
Streaming services saw a total of 72 nominees, with cable receiving 54 nominations, and broadcast networks receiving 28 nominations. Netflix scored the most nominations of any network, outlet or platform, with a total of 21 nominees, followed by ABC with 11 nominees. HBO MAX received 10 nominations, while Hulu received 9. In the Spanish-language categories, Univision and Univision.com received 8 nominations, and Telemundo and Telemundo.com received 3.
During a year when anti-transgender violence rose and lawmakers across the U.S. introduced an unprecedented number of bills attempting to stop transgender youth from participating in sports and accessing gender-affirming healthcare, many of the nominees at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards centered transgender people and issues in timely, nuanced, and empowering ways.
- Of the 30 television shows nominated across Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding New TV Series, 17 feature trans and/or nonbinary characters, including:, Sort Of, 9-1-1 Lone Star, Chucky, Grey’s Anatomy, Good Trouble, Gossip Girl, P-Valley, September Mornings, Star Trek: Discovery, The L Word: Generation Q, Umbrella Academy, A League of Their Own, Heartbreak High, Our Flag Means Death, Queer as Folk, The Sandman and Somebody, Somewhere.
- Other nominated shows and films featuring trans and/or nonbinary people or characters include: A Man Called Otto, Bros, Death and Bowling, Neptune Frost, Wendell & Wild, Anything’s POssible, Framing Agnes, Queer for Fear, Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story, The Book of Queer, The Best Man: The Final Chapters, Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrls, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Generation Drag, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, The Come Up, We’re Here, Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City, Dead End: Paranormal Park, The Dragon Prince, The Owl House, First Day, Heartstopper, Monster High: The Movie, Raven’s Home, Rebel Cheer Squad: A Get Even Series, and Zombie’s 3
- Six of the 10 games nominated for Outstanding Video Game also feature trans and/or nonbinary characters, including: Apex Legends, Desta: The Memories Between, I Was a Teenage Exocolonist, Need for Speed: Unbound, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, and Wylde Flowers
- Transgender and nonbinary characters appear in the nominated comic books and graphic novels New Mutants, The Nice House on the Lake, DC Pride 2022, Fine: A Comic About Gender, Galaxy: The Prettiest Star, Heartstopper Volume 4, Magical Boy, Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1 and Young Man in Love
- Many talk show and journalism nominees feature trans people and/or highlighted issues affecting the trans community. Included among the nominees: “Here I Am” Tamron Hall (syndicated), “LGBTQ Trailblazers” If We’re Being Honest with Laverne Cox (E!), “Transgender Rights II” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), “The War Over Gender” The Problem with Jon Stewart (Apple TV+), “Critics say new school policies in Florida ostracize LGBTQ students” (PBS Newshour / PBS), “Life as a Trans Soldier” (VICE News Tonight / VICE), “Introducing Nora J.S. Reichardt” (WOI/KCWI-TV [Des Moines]), “Dear Noah: Pages from a Family Diary” NBC OUT (NBC), “Families of Trans Kids Are Seeking Sanctuary” VICE News Tonight (VICE), “EXPLAINER: Pronouns, Nonbinary People And The Club Q Attack” (Associated Press), “Pediatricians Who Serve Trans Youth Face Increasing Harassment. Lifesaving Care Could Be on the Line” by Madeleine Carlisle (TIME), “Activists Face An Avalanche Of Anti-Transgender Bills” (Washington Post), “Will Russia bring its war on LGBTQ people to Ukraine?” (Los Angeles Times), “The Fear And Loathing Some People Show Sports Pride Events Brings Fear And Pain To This Fan” by Karleigh Webb (Outsports.com), “My Experience As A Target Of Kiwi Farms Speaks To A Scary Truth About Internet Culture” by Katelyn Burns (MSNBC.com), “What’s So Scary About A Transgender Child?” by Emily St. James (Vox.com), “The New York Times, The Atlantic, More Keep Publishing Transphobia. Why?” by Lexi McMenamin (Teen Vogue), “There Is No Legitimate ‘Debate’ Over Gender-Affirming Healthcare” by Kit O’Connell (The Texas Observer), “What’s So Scary About A Transgender Child?” by Emily St. James (Vox.com), “Deaths In The Family” (Insider.com), “Lawmakers Say Trans Athlete Bans Are About Protecting Women’s Sports …” by Julie Kleigman (SI.com), “Logo’s Trans Youth Town Hall” (Logo TV), and “Myth of Two Sexes” (Scientific American), among others.
- Many nominees in the Spanish-language categories also center transgender and/or nonbinary people, characters, and/or issues, including: La flor más bella (Netflix – México), Las de la última fila (Netflix – Spain), “Activistas exigen a Corrección trasladar de inmediato a Aurora a una cárcel de mujeres” (Teleonce), “Jesús Ociel Baena, la primera persona no binaria en América Latina en llegar a un cargo de magistrado electoral” (CNN Español), “Vico Ortiz” Primer Impacto (Univision), ”Amelio Robles fue el primer hombre trans mexicano y revolucionario” por Luis Garcia (Homosensual), “Con miedo, pero peleando sus derechos: así viven las familias con niños LGBTQ en estados que quieren criminalizarlos” por Patricia Clarembeaux (Univision.com), “Madres con hijos de la comunidad LGBTQ unen fuerzas en América Latina para luchar por sus derechos” por Rodrigo Serrano (EL VOCERO), “Mucho más que hablar con ‘e’, qué es ser no binarie” por Marina Prats (Huffington Post), “No nos quitarán la risa” por Lucas Garófalo (Vice.com), “El Primer Comedor Comunitario LGBTQ de la Ciudad de México” por Delilah Friedler, fotos de Luis Pimental (Vice.com), “Las abuelas trans buscan dignificar su vejez” por Liliana Rosas y Silvana Flores (Reporte Indigo), “Un hogar para las mujeres trans en México” por Gladys Serrano (El País), “¿Al clóset? ni pa’ coger impulso: Carolina Giraldo, congresista bisexual” por Mariana Escobar Bernoske (La Disidencia – El Espectador), and “La comunidad trans recibe atención médica de calidad y con calidez, en la USIPT” por Jorge Ángel Pablo Garcia y Tania Molina Ramírez (La Jornada).
A significant number of nominees at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards also include impactful stories about LGBTQ people of color.
- In the film and television categories, those nominees include: Bodies Bodies Bodies, Bros, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Lightyear, Nope, Strange World, Neptune Frost, The Inspection, Wendell & Wild, Anything’s Possible, B-Boy Blues, Crush, Do Revenge, Fire Island, The Fallout, Wildhood, Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, Sirens, Harley Quinn, Love, Victor, Never Have I Ever, Only Murders in the Building, Sex Lives of College Girls, Sort Of, Good Trouble, Gossip Girl, The L Word: Generation Q, P-Valley, Heartbreak High, A League of Their Own, Interview with the Vampire, Our Flag Means Death, Sandman, The Rookie: Feds, Queer as Folk, among others
- Many LGBTQ artists of color and/or acts featuring LGBTQ artists of color were nominated for Outstanding Music Artist, including: Anitta, Demi Lovato, Hayley Kiyoko, Honey Dijon, MUNA, Rina Sawayama, Doechii, Dreamer Isioma, Isaac Dunbar, Omar Apollo, and Steve Lacy.
- In the Outstanding Broadway Production category, all nominees prominently feature LGBTQ characters of colors, including & Juliet, A Strange Loop, Ain’t No Mo’, Kimberly Akimbo, and Take Me Out
- Of the 10 podcast nominees, 8 nominees prominently feature LGBTQ people of color as hosts or guests, including: In The Deep: Stories that Shape Us, Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, Life out Loud with LZ Granderson, LGBTQ&A, PRIDECAST, Sibling Rivalry, TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones, and V Interesting.
- The Reckoning, a blog focused on covering stories about Atlanta’s Black LGBTQ community, is nominated for Outstanding Blog.
Many of this year’s nominees feature powerful stories of lesbian, bisexual+, and queer women.
- Of the 10 nominees for Film: Wide Release, more than half (6) featured prominent lesbian, bisexual+, or queer female characters. Those nominees include: Bodies Bodies Bodies, Bros, Lightyear, Scream, Spoiler Alert, and Tár.
- Of the 30 television shows nominated across Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding New TV Series, 17 feature lesbian, bisexual+, and queer women, including: Derry Girls, Hacks, Harley Quinn, Never Have I Ever, Only Murders in the Building, Sex Lives of College Girls, Good Trouble, Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, P-Valley, The L Word: Generation Q, Heartbreak High, High School, A League of Their Own, Queer as Folk, and The Rookie: Feds.
- In the Outstanding Music Artist category lesbian, bisexual+, and queer artists make up half of the nominees, including Anitta, Betty Who, FLETCHER, Hayley Kiyoko, and MUNA. In Breakthrough Music Artist, lesbian, bisexual+ and queer artists Brooke Eden, Doechii, Dove Cameron, and Renee Rapp are also nominated.
- Many nominees in the Spanish-language Scripted Television category also feature stories of lesbian, bisexual+, and queer women, including: La flor más bella, Los Espookys, Smiley, and Las de la última fila
Each year, GLAAD presents non-competitive Special Recognition Awards to media projects that do not fit into one of the existing GLAAD Media Awards categories. For the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD is presenting Special Recognition honors to eight media projects that spotlighted diverse segments of the LGBTQ community in innovative ways. The eight media projects include:
- Alejandra Caraballo, transgender rights activist, civil rights attorney and clinical instructor at Harvard Law School. Caraballo’s work and advocacy is focused on the safeguarding of LGBTQ people online and has been integral to the analysis and implementation of crucial policies to protect the LGBTQ community from harm across all social media platforms.
- Drag Story Hour, a nonprofit organization seeking to use the art of drag to read books to kids in libraries, schools, and bookstores. Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions, under the leadership of Julián Delgado Lopera and Virgie Tovar, in San Francisco in 2015.
- Rothaniel (HBO), the Emmy-award winning standup special written and performed by Black queer comedian Rothaniel Jerrod Carmichael. Directed by Bo Burnham.
- The Lesbian Bar Project a docu-series created by Erica Rose and Elina Street to celebrate lesbian queer bars across the U.S. The 3-episode series is available to stream on Roku
- #Letters4TransKids, a social media campaign started by Axios’ Ina Fried to share letters of support to trans children in the face of anti-trans legislation and sentiment. Participants of the #Letters4TransKids campaign includes actor Vico Ortiz, actor Javier Munoz, mother of Matthew Shepard, Judy Shepard, and FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.
- “En Sus Palabras” [serie] (TelevisaUnivision), an impressive and ambitious interview series produced by the Social Impact & Sustainability Team at TelevisaUnivision. These stories feature LGBTQ people who, in long interviews, share their personal stories of resilience and courage.
GLAAD’s Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media honors a pioneering individual, group, or community media outlet that has made a significant contribution to the development of LGBTQ media. The award is named after Barbara Gittings in recognition of her groundbreaking work as editor of The Ladder, and for her appearances as an out lesbian on national news media throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
This year, The Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media will be presented to The Los Angeles Blade and Washington Blade. Washington Blade is the nation’s oldest LGBTQ newspaper, founded in 1969 just after the Stonewall Rebellion and is the only queer outlet with a dedicated seat in the White House briefing room and the only such outlet that is a member of the presidential pool rotation and the White House Correspondents Association.
In 2017, Troy Masters partnered with Washington Blade’s owners and launched the Los Angeles Blade, which prides itself on being Southern California’s LGBTQ news source, covering news, politics, opinion, arts and entertainment, including some national and international coverage from the D.C. Blade’s award-winning reporting team. The Los Angeles Blade’s founding editor, 2019 GLAAD honoree Karen Ocamb, also earned Los Angeles Press Club’s Journalist of the Year in 2021. Los Angeles Blade is edited by veteran political journalist Brody Levesque.
Together, representing 50 years, the Los Angeles Blade and Washington Blade’s relentless reporting reflects best-in-class journalism, reminding us all that LGBTQ issues and people have a stake in every news story and headline.
Universal Pictures (2)
Strand Releasing (2)
Roadside Attractions (2)
Broadcast Networks [30 total]
Cable Networks [54 total]
Cartoon Network (2)
Disney Channel (3)
Disney Junior (2)
Streaming Networks [70 total]
Apple TV+ (2)
HBO MAX (10)
NBC News NOW (3)
Prime Video (5)
El País (2)
Capitol Records (2)
RCA Records (2)
Columbia Records (2)
Comic Book Publishers
Image Comics (2)
Marvel Comics (3)
DC Comics (4)
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