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GLAAD announces nominees for 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
GLAAD announces nominees for 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Seattle Post-Intelligencer nominated for Outstanding Overall Newspaper Coverage

At a press conference at the Queer Lounge in Park City, Utah, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominees for its 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by ABSOLUT VODKA. Among the nominees: critically acclaimed films Brokeback Mountain, Transamerica, and Capote, CBS's new hit sitcom Out of Practice and ABC's new drama Commander in Chief, The Amazing Race 7, Nightline, USA Today, two episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Spanish-language nominees Hoy, TV Notas, Sin Fronteras, and Noticiero Univision.

In addition to 113 nominees in 25 categories and 45 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories, GLAAD also announced that it will present a Special Recognition award to Bright Eyes and John Cameron Mitchell for including Gay and Lesbian couples in the music video for the hit single "First Day of My Life" from the album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.

In the competitive categories, cable networks led the way this year with 16 nominations, with the broadcast networks following with 13 nominees. Among the cable networks, Showtime came away with four nominations, while NBC led broadcast networks with five nominees. Additional facts and figures about this year's 159 nominees, as well as print-quality photos of selected nominees, are available here.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor mainstream media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Nominees can be found here.

For the second consecutive year, the GLAAD Media Awards will be televised on Logo, MTV Networks' cable channel for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender viewers and their allies. This year, VH1 will air the program for the first time. The Logo airdate for the GLAAD Media Awards is April 15, 2006 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The VH1 airdate is April 16 at 11 p.m. (ET/PT).

GLAAD also announced that this year's Barbara Gittings Award will be presented to the three new LGBT cable networks, Logo, here!, and Q Television Network. In 2001, GLAAD established the Barbara Gittings Award as a way to honor pioneering individuals, groups, and community media outlets that have made a significant contribution to the development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender media. The first recipient of this award was Barbara Gittings, in recognition of her groundbreaking work as editor of The Ladder, a Lesbian publication which helped pave the way for the vibrant LGBT press that exists today, and for her appearances as a Lesbian activist in national news media throughout the 1970s and 80s. Subsequent Barbara Gittings Award honorees include The Advocate (2003), In The Life (2004), and PlanetOut (2005).

"Fair, accurate and inclusive media images have incredible cultural power," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "Last year audiences learned about historical figures like Alfred Kinsey and Truman Capote. They were introduced to Transgender lives in Transamerica and on Oprah. They read about our quest for equality in The Washington Post and the Wisconsin State-Journal. This year's GLAAD Media Awards nominees are changing the world, and it's our privilege to honor them."

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 27, 2006 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 8 at the Kodak Theatre; in Miami on May 25 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel; and in San Francisco on June 10 at the San Francisco Marriott. GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2005. Nearly 1,000 media projects were considered in 25 English-language and 15 Spanish-language categories.

This year, more than 5,000 people will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco, raising more than $3.3 million for the organization's work. Founded in 1985, GLAAD is the nation's premiere Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender media advocacy organization, with a staff of 52 and an annual operating budget of $8 million. GLAAD's offices are in Los Angeles and New York.

More than 100 corporate sponsors are showing their support, including ABSOLUT VODKA, which is returning to the Media Awards as the Presenting Sponsor. GLAAD is proud to acknowledge the 17-year commitment of Absolut to the Media Awards as the Founding Sponsor and its 25 years supporting the LGBT community. GLAAD is also grateful to the event's Platinum Underwriter, IBM. Allstate Insurance Company, American Airlines (GLAAD's official airline), Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Bud Light, Coors Brewing Company, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Lehman Brothers, Motorola, The Terry K. Watanabe Charitable Trust, Time Warner and Wells Fargo support the GLAAD Media Awards as Underwriters. For a full list of corporate sponsors or information on how to become a corporate sponsor, purchase tickets or a tribute journal ad, please click here or call (877) 252-7814.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Logo is the ad-supported network targeting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) viewers, launched by MTV Networks. The network launched June 30 with more than one thousand hours of content and has more than 18 million subscribers across the United States. Logo provides LGBT audiences with a place where they can see themselves and be themselves through a mix of original and acquired entertainment programming that is authentic, smart and inclusive.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.VH1.com.

To ensure accuracy, the certified public accounting firm of Leslie, Engell & Associates graciously certifies all voting results for the GLAAD Media Awards.

NOMINEES INCLUDE:

OUTSTANDING FILM - WIDE RELEASE

Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)

Capote (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Family Stone (20th Century Fox)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Warner Bros.)

Rent (Sony Pictures)

OUTSTANDING FILM - LIMITED RELEASE

Beautiful Boxer (Regent Releasing/here! Films)

Mysterious Skin (TLA Releasing)

Saving Face (Sony Pictures Classics)

Transamerica (The Weinstein Company)

Walk On Water (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

American Experience: Kinsey (PBS)

Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (HBO)

Same Sex America (Showtime)

TransGeneration (The Sundance Channel/Logo)

We Are Dad (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Commander in Chief (ABC)

The L Word (Showtime)

Queer as Folk (Showtime)

Six Feet Under (HBO)

South of Nowhere (The N)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Out of Practice (CBS)

Shameless (BBC America)

Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular Gay character)

"Alien" Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

"Best Friends" Cold Case (CBS)

"Pilot" My Name Is Earl (NBC)

"Someone's in the Kitchen with Daddy" What I Like About You (The WB)

"Transitions" Without a Trace (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

The Long Firm (BBC America)

Partner(s) (Lifetime)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

The Amazing Race 7 (CBS)

America's Next Top Model 5 (UPN)

"Boone Luffey/Gillespie" Wife Swap (ABC)

Queer Eye (Bravo)

"Straight/Gay" 30 Days (FX)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

General Hospital (ABC)

Passions (NBC)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

"Fighting for My Children" Dr. Phil (syndicated)

"Twins: Identical But Different" The Montel Williams Show (syndicated)

"When I Knew I Was Gay" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

"When Your Identical Twin Has a Sex Change" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM - NEWSMAGAZINE

"Becoming Diane" 20/20 (ABC)

"Gay Rodeo" Only In America (Discovery Times Channel)

"Lady Lions: Alleged Discrimination" Outside the Lines (ESPN)

"Lucky" Dateline NBC (NBC)

"The Mirror" Nightline (ABC)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM - NEWS SEGMENT

"Andrew Goldstein" ESPN SportsCenter (ESPN)

"Coming Out" Live From... (CNN)

"Peter Hams" ESPN SportsCenter (ESPN)

"School Outing" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

"Secret Sex Lives" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

"A House Divided" by Laura Bond (Westword)

"The New Radical" by Kim Martineau (The Hartford Courant)

"Paradise Lost" by Michelle Boorstein (The Washington Post)

"The Stewards of Gay Washington" by Anne Hull (The Washington Post)

"When an Employee Switches Gender, What's a Company to Do?" by Stephanie Armour (USA Today)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST

Marta Donayre (El Observador)

Margery Eagan (Boston Herald)

Mark Morford (San Francisco Chronicle)

Andy Praschak (The San Juan Star)

Deb Price (The Detroit News)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE

San Francisco Chronicle

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

USA Today

The Washington Post

Wisconsin State-Journal

MAGAZINE ARTICLE

"A Down Low Dirty Shame" by Joshunda Sanders (Bitch)

"For the Soul of the Church" by Ethan Vesely-Flad (Color Lines)

"The Gay Rodeo Rides Again" by Michael Joseph Gross (Details)

"The Murder of a Boy Named Gwen" by Bob Moser (Rolling Stone)

"What's in a Name?" by Beth Greenfield (Time Out New York)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE

AsianWeek

Newsweek

People

Time

Time Out New York

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE

"Debajo del Arcoiris" by Emily Alpert (IntheFray.com)

"Gender Outlaws" by Emily Alpert (IntheFray.com)

"The Lowdown on the Downlow" by Bruce Dixon (BlackCommentator.com)

"Now I Get to be Like Everybody Else" by Greg Garber (ESPN.com)

"Turning Off Gays" by Mark Benjamin (Salon.com)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Antony and the Johnsons, I Am a Bird Now

Melissa Etheridge, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled

Girlyman, Little Star

Sharon Isbin, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce: Guitar Concertos

Amy Ray, Prom

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK

Gotham Central by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker (DC Comics)

Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)

Top Ten: The Forty-Niners by Alan Moore (ABC Comics/Wildstorm)

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics)

Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING - ELECTRONIC

"Cupid" MTVu

"Guy Watcher" Diet Pepsi

"New Boyfriend" Orbitz

"Signs" MTVu

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING - PRINT

"Partnership Registry" ABC Carpet and Home

"So What's Cooking in the Kitchen?" GE Monogram

"There's One." American Express

OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER

Bunbury by Tom Jacobson

I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright

Porcelain by Chay Yew

A Pebble in My Shoe: The Life and Times of John Shelby Spong by Colin Cox

Pera Palas by Sinan Unel

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY

Border/Clash: A Litany of Desire by Staceyann Chin

The Color Purple book by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker

Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am) by Billy Porter

Oedipus at Palm Springs by The Five Lesbian Brothers

Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF BROADWAY

Busted Jesus Comix by David Johnston

Christine Jorgensen Reveals created by Bradford Louryk

Dress Suits to Hire by Holly Hughes in collaboration with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

Golden Age by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

The Lightning Field by David Ozanich

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

"First Day of My Life," Bright Eyes music video, dir. John Cameron Mitchell



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