The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced 24th annual Media Award nominees today. The award ceremony, which will take place in three separate locations from March through May, is a celebration of all aspects of media and gives recognition to those who have given a “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.” Among the list of nominees are hip- hop artist Frank Ocean and the FOX musical series “Glee”.
Ocean, who came out the closet in 2012, received praise from fans and fellow artists after writing an open letter saying that he was in love with a man when he was 19. The singer’s coming out party was monumental and influential because he took a risk as a hip-hop artist. Ocean, is also nominated for six Grammy nominations, is leading the Outstanding Music Artist category for his album ‘Channel Orange’. He will be going up against Adam Lambert, Gossip, Rufus Wainwright and the Scissor Sisters.
“Glee” leads the list when it comes to TV sitcoms. “Glee” will face sitcoms ‘Go On’, ‘Happy Endings’, ‘Modern Family’, and another Ryan Murphy show “The New Normal” which received much attention before it aired due to a protest by anti-gay group One Million Moms.
Other notables receiving nominations ‘Cloud Atlas’ and ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ for Outstanding Film, ‘Smash’ and ‘True Blood’ for Outstanding Drama and Oprah Winfrey for an episode of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ where she featured actor Neil Patrick Harris and his fiancé, David Burtka.
“Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them – just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives.”
Visit glaad.org for a complete list of nominees.