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GLAAD Media Award
25th GLAAD Media Awards
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GLAAD Media Award statuette
Awarded for Outstanding representations of the LGBT community in media
Country United States
Presented by Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation
First awarded 1990
Official website www.GLAAD.org

The GLAAD Media Award is an accolade bestowed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to recognize and honor various branches of the media for their outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.[1] In addition to film and television, the Awards also recognize achievements in other branches of the media and arts, including theatre, music, journalism and advertising.[2]

Honorees are selected by a process involving over 700 GLAAD Media Award voters and volunteers and are evaluated using four criteria: "Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representations" of the LGBT community, "Boldness and Originality" of the project, significant "Cultural Impact" on mainstream culture, and "Overall Quality" of the project. Results are then certified by a "Review Panel" who determine the final list of recipients based on voting results and their own "expert opinions".[3][4]

The 1st GLAAD Media Awards ceremony honoring the 1989 season was held in 1990, and recognized 34 nominees in 7 competitive categories.[5] The upcoming 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies honoring the 2013 season will be held in Los Angeles on April 12, 2014 and in New York City on May 3, 2014, recognizing 93 nominees in 20 English-language categories and 37 nominees in nine Spanish-language categories.[6]

History[edit]

The first GLAAD Media Awards were presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in 1990 to honor the 1989 season, and were envisioned as a way to recognize various branches of the media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.[7]

The 1st Annual Awards ceremony recognized 34 nominees in 7 competitive categories and was a relatively "small" affair.[7] At the 20th Annual Awards ceremony presented in 2009, GLAAD Award Honoree, Phil Donahue said of the first Annual ceremony – “It’s unbelievable to think about the power and the warp speed of this revolution. Twenty years ago when I proudly accepted the first GLAAD Media Award…it was a very small crowd. There are more photographers here tonight than there were people then".[8][9]

For the first six years, winners were announced prior to the ceremony. Beginning with the 7th Annual Awards held in 1996, the change was made to its current format, announcing the winners in competitive categories at the ceremony. The 15th Annual Awards held in 2004 marked the first year nominations were expanded to recognize media in Spanish-language categories.[7] The 16th Annual Awards held in 2005 marked the first year that the ceremonies were televised, first airing on the LGBT-themed Logo channel on July 24, 2005.[10]

Statuette[edit]

The original GLAAD Media Award stood approximately 6-inches (15cm) tall, consisting of a flat, 5-inch (13cm) square shaped crystal sculpture with a design of five concentric circles on a "newsprint" background. The sculpture was traditionally etched with the year it was presented followed by the words "GLAAD Media Award" and was mounted perpendicular to its flat, quadrant shaped base.[8][11][12]

The award remained unchanged until 2009, when an all new statuette designed by David Moritz of Society Awards was unveiled for the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies. The current statuette stands 12-inches (30.5cm) tall, consisting of a 9-inch (23cm) die-cast zinc sculpture, hand finished with a satin texture, plated with a nickel and rhodium finish, and mounted on a 3-inch (7.6cm) tall, black-stained ash, trapezoidal shaped base.[8][13]

Nomination[edit]

Nominees are selected by GLAAD "Nominating Juries" consisting of over 90 volunteers with interest and expertise in the particular category they are judging. Nominating Juries may select up to five nominees in each category. If no projects are deemed worthy of nomination in a particular category, the jury may choose to not award that category. At the end of the year, the Nominating Juries submit their list of recommended nominees to GLAAD's staff and Board of Directors for approval.[3][4]

In addition to media monitoring by the juries, GLAAD issues a "Call for Entries", inviting media outlets to submit their work for consideration, however, GLAAD may nominate a mainstream media project even if it is not submitted as part of the call for entries. GLAAD does not monitor media created by and for the LGBT community for defamation, therefore media outlets created by and for an LGBT audience must submit in order to be considered for nomination.[3][4]

Candidates considered for nomination are evaluated using four criteria: "Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representations" – meaning that the diversity of the LGBT community is represented, "Boldness and Originality" – meaning the project breaks new ground by exploring LGBT subject matter in non-traditional ways, "Cultural Impact" – meaning the project impacts an audience that may not regularly be exposed to LGBT issues, and "Overall Quality" – A project of extremely high quality which adds impact and significance to the images and issues portrayed.[3][4]

Selection[edit]

Over 600 GLAAD Media Award voters participate in the selection of Honorees from the pool of Nominees in each category via online balloting. Voters are made up of three groups: GLAAD staff and board, GLAAD Alliance and Media Circle members, and GLAAD volunteers & allies (which include former Honorees, media industry allies, volunteers from the "Nominating Juries" and "Event Production Teams").[3][4]

These results are then reviewed for certification by a "Review Panel" which consists of the GLAAD Board co-chairs, senior GLAAD program and communications staff, and media industry experts. Members of the Review Panel are expected to view all of the nominees in each category, and the final list of award recipients is determined by the Review Panel based on the results of the online balloting and their own "expert opinions".[3][4]

Categories[edit]

The first Annual Awards recognized Honorees in just 7 competitive categories, all for television.[7] Over the years, the competitive categories have been expanded to recognize various other branches of the media including, film, theatre, music, print media, digital media, and advertising, as well as establishing additional categories recognizing Spanish-language media and a "Special Recognition" category for media representations that may not meet the criteria of pre-existing categories.[2]

While many of the categories have been expanded over time, several early categories have been "merged" or phased out altogether. One notable example being the omission of the "Outstanding Daytime Drama" category in 2011, reflecting the steady decline in popularity of English-language daytime soaps. As of 2011, GLAAD considers nominations in a total of 26 English-language categories and 12 Spanish-language categories, however, If no projects within a category are deemed worthy of recognition, GLAAD may choose to not award the category that year.[2][3] As of 2011, these 38 competitive categories are:

English-Language

Spanish-Language

Special awards[edit]

In addition to the GLAAD Media Awards' competitive categories, special non-competitive "Honorary Awards" have also been presented since the first Awards ceremony. Beginning with just one Honorary Award, then known as the "Special Honoree Award" presented at the first annual GLAAD Media Awards, the Honorary Awards have also been expanded to recognize the diversity of contributions of respective Honorees. The most notable of these Special Honorary Awards are:

  • Advocate for Change Award – Presented at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards in 2013. Its inaugural recipient was former U.S. President Bill Clinton for his record of promoting tolerance, including advocating for marriage equality and calling for the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.[14]
  • Davidson/Valentini Award – Presented annually at the San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards. It is named in memory of Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini, a GLAAD supporter. It is presented to an openly LGBT individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.
  • Excellence in Media Award – Presented annually at the New York GLAAD Media Awards. It is presented to individuals in the media and entertainment industries who through their work have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.
  • Golden Gate Award – Presented annually at the San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards. It is presented to media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.
  • Pioneer Award – Presented at the GLAAD Media Awards. It is presented to a pioneering individual, group or outlet that has made a significant contribution to the development of LGBT-inclusive media images prior to the existence of the GLAAD Media Awards.
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award – Presented annually at the GLAAD Media Awards. It is named after the Los Angeles casting director who devoted the last part of his life to fighting AIDS-phobia and homophobia in the entertainment industry. The award is given to an openly LGBT member of the entertainment or media community for his or her work toward eliminating homophobia.
  • Vanguard Award – Presented annually at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards. It is presented to a member of the entertainment community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people.
  • Visibilidad Award – Presented at the GLAAD Media Awards. It is presented to an openly LGBT Spanish-language media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.
  • Vito Russo Award – Presented annually at the GLAAD Media Awards. It is named in memory of Vito Russo, a founding member of GLAAD, and presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

Ceremony[edit]

GLAAD Media Award Honoree Laverne Cox at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards, Los Angeles, April 12, 2014.

Award recipients are announced at the annual GLAAD Media Awards banquet ceremonies usually held in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to honor achievements from January 1 to December 31 of the previous calendar year.[3][4] Over the years, ceremonies have also been held in Washington, D.C. and Miami. Each year's hosts and presenters are usually selected from former Honorees, celebrities and/or prominent public figures known for their contributions to the LGBT community.

The announcement of award recipients in all competitive categories is withheld until the ceremonies. Although presented annually in three cities, time constraints dictate that not all of the awards are presented onstage. Categories presented onstage in their respective cities are chosen to reflect the range of GLAAD's work with the media, representing a mix of entertainment, news, and Spanish-language awards. Recipients who are not announced onstage are instead announced by a listing in the ceremony's program book.[4]

The 16th Annual Awards held in 2005 were the first year that the ceremonies were televised, first airing on the Logo channel on July 24, 2005.[10] Logo continued to air the telecast annually, editing together each city's respective ceremonies for each year into one annual show, as well as airing a retrospective special in 2005 titled "The Best of the GLAAD Media Awards" which documented the history of the first 15 years of the Awards. Logo ceased to televise the ceremony in 2008 when the Bravo network acquired exclusive broadcast rights to air the 19th Annual Awards telecast.[15]

GLAAD Media Awards Ceremonies
Ceremony Venue City Date
1st GLAAD Media Awards (Unknown) New York City 1990
2nd GLAAD Media Awards (Unknown)
Beverly Hilton Hotel
New York City
Los Angeles
1991
April 21, 1991
3rd GLAAD Media Awards Windows on the World
Beverly Hilton Hotel
New York City
Los Angeles
April 6, 1992
April 11, 1992
4th GLAAD Media Awards Beverly Hilton Hotel
The Plaza Hotel
Los Angeles
New York City
March 20, 1993
March 28, 1993
5th GLAAD Media Awards The Plaza Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel
New York City
Los Angeles
March 13, 1994
March 19, 1994
6th GLAAD Media Awards Century Plaza Hotel
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
National Press Club
Los Angeles
New York City
Washington, D.C.
March 12, 1995
March 16, 1995
March 19, 1995
7th GLAAD Media Awards Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel
National Press Club
New York City
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
March 7, 1996
March 10, 1996
March 13, 1996
8th GLAAD Media Awards Century Plaza Hotel
National Press Club
Sheraton Hotel and Towers
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
New York City
March 16, 1997
March 26, 1997
March 31, 1997
9th GLAAD Media Awards Hilton Hotel
George Washington Marriot
Century Plaza Hotel
New York City
Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles
March 30, 1998
April 4, 1998
April 19, 1998
10th GLAAD Media Awards Hilton Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel
JW Marriott
New York City
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
March 28, 1999
April 17, 1999
May 8, 1999
11th GLAAD Media Awards Hilton Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel
JW Marriott
Argent Hotel
New York City
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
San Francisco
April 2, 2000
April 15, 2000
May 13, 2000
June 3, 2000
12th GLAAD Media Awards Hilton Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel
Lisner Auditorium
Westin St. Francis
New York City
Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
San Francisco
April 16, 2001
April 28, 2001
May 12, 2001
June 9, 2001
13th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Kodak Theatre
Westin St. Francis
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
April 1, 2002
April 13, 2002
June 1, 2002
14th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Kodak Theatre
Westin St. Francis
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
April 7, 2003
April 26, 2003
May 31, 2003
15th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Kodak Theatre
Westin St. Francis
Los Angeles
New York City
San Francisco
March 27, 2004
April 12, 2004
June 5, 2004
16th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Kodak Theatre
Westin St. Francis
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
March 28, 2005
April 30, 2005
June 11, 2005
17th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Kodak Theatre
Ritz-Carlton Hotel
JW Marriott
New York City
Los Angeles
Miami
San Francisco
March 27, 2006
April 8, 2006
May 25, 2006
June 10, 2006
18th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Kodak Theatre
Westin St. Francis
JW Marriott
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Miami
March 26, 2007
April 14, 2007
April 28, 2007
May 10, 2007
19th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
Kodak Theatre
JW Marriott
New York City
Miami
Los Angeles
San Francisco
March 17, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 26, 2008
May 10, 2008
20th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Nokia Theatre
Hilton Towers
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
March 28, 2009
April 18, 2009
May 9, 2009
21st GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Century Plaza Hotel
Westin St. Francis
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
March 13, 2010
April 18, 2010
June 5, 2010
22nd GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
March 19, 2011
April 10, 2011
May 14, 2011
23rd GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
Westin Bonaventure Hotel
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
March 24, 2012
April 21, 2012
June 2, 2012
24th GLAAD Media Awards Marriott Marquis
JW Marriott
Hilton Towers
New York City
Los Angeles
San Francisco
March 16, 2013
April 20, 2013
May 11, 2013
25th GLAAD Media Awards The Beverly Hilton
Waldorf Astoria New York
Los Angeles
New York City
April 12, 2014
May 3, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards – Home". GLAAD.org. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "GLAAD Media Award – Categories". GLAAD.org. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "GLAAD Media Award – Selections". GLAAD.org. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "GLAAD Media Award – FAQs". GLAAD.org. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "GLAAD Media Award – Press". GLAAD.org. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "GLAAD announces nominees for 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards". GLAAD. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d "15th Annual GLAAD Media Awards". GLAAD.org. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Kissell, Rick (March 29, 2009). "20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards". GLAADBlog.org. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards". LogoTV.com. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Elizabeth Taylor Accepts GLAAD Media Award". Youtube. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Kathy Griffin Holds GLAAD Media Award". Life.com. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "GLAAD Award Winners Receive New Statuette". Los Angeles Times. March 28, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  14. ^ "GLAAD Media Awards To Honor Bill Clinton, Top Hollywood Attorney Steve Warren". Deadline.com. 3 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "GLAAD Awards Call Bravo Home". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 

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