GLAAD Media Awards: Jay-Z’s ‘Smile’ Featuring Gloria Carter and Short Film ‘In a Heartbeat’ To Receive Special Recognition Awards

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In a live Facebook announcement host by “Transparent’s” Trace Lysette and “Star Trek: Discovery’s” Wilson Cruz, GLAAD announced their official nominees for the best LGBTQIA+ representation in media in 2017. The list is full of familiar names, including Golden Globe winner “Lady Bird” and Golden Globe nominees “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape of Water,” “A Fantastic Woman,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Will & Grace,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” and “This Is Us.”  Jay-Z will receive a Special Recognition Award for his song and music video “Smile,” which featured his mother Gloria Carter coming out as a lesbian, along with the beloved short film “In A Heartbeat,” which told the story of a young boy’s crush on the cutest boy in school. GLAAD has also introduced another category to the annual awards, honoring LGBTQIA+ inclusive content in Kid’s and Family Programming. The inaugural group of nominees include the Disney Channel’s breakout hit “Andi Mack,” “Doc McStuffins” for its “The Emergency Plan” episode, Amazon’s “Danger & Eggs” episode “Chosen Family,” Nickelodeon’s “The Loud House” and Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe.”

GLAAD President & Ceo Sarah Kate Ellis said of the awards:

What people see in the media has a powerful impact on how they treat others and the GLAAD Media Awards raise the bar for media to tell LGBTQ stories that accelerate acceptance. At a time when anti-LGBTQ policies and harassment are on the rise, it is imperative that Hollywood and news media tell more LGBTQ stories that reflect the community’s rich diversity – and build understanding that brings all communities closer together. This year’s nominees showcase stories that span races, genres, ages, and geographies, challenge misconceptions, and broaden understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ people across the globe.

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in LA on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton and in NYC on May 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown. See the full list of nominees below and follow the Twitter hashtag #glaadawards to follow the awards coverage. Special Honorees for the GLAAD Media Awards will be announced in the coming weeks, according to a press release from GLAAD.

29th ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS

NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE

“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight)

“Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Lady Bird” (A24)

“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (Annapurna Pictures)

“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE

“BPM” (The Orchard)

“A Fantastic Woman” (Sony Pictures Classics)

“God’s Own Country” (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Orion Pictures)

“Thelma” (The Orchard)

“The Wound” (Kino Lorber)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

“The Bold Type” (Freeform)

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“One Day at a Time” (Netflix)

“One Mississippi” (Amazon)

“Superstore” (NBC)

“Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

“Transparent” (Amazon)

“Will & Grace” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

“Billions” (Showtime)

“Doubt” (CBS)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

“Nashville” (CMT)

“Sense8” (Netflix)

“Shadowhunters” (Freeform)

“Star” (FOX)

“Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All Access)

“This Is Us” (NBC)

“Wynonna Earp” (Syfy)

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

“Chapter 8,” “Legion” (FX)

“Grace,” “Pure Genius” (CBS)

“Lady Cha Cha,” “Easy” (Netflix)

“The Missionaries,” “Room 104” (HBO)

“Thanksgiving,” “Master of None” (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES

“American Horror Story: Cult” (FX)

“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)

“Godless” (Netflix)

“Queers” (BBC America)

“When We Rise” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMMING

“Andi Mack” (Disney Channel)

“Chosen Family,” “Danger & Eggs” (Amazon)

“The Emergency Plan,” “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Channel)

“The Loud House” (Nickelodeon)

“Steven Universe” (Cartoon Network) 

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

“Chavela” (Music Box Films)

“Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric” (National Geographic)

“Kiki” (Sundance Selects)

“Real Boy,” “Independent Lens” (PBS)

“This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” (YouTube Red)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

“Gaycation with Ellen Page” (Viceland)

“I Am Jazz” (TLC)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)

“Survivor: Game Changers” (CBS)

“The Voice” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Miley Cyrus, “Younger Now” (RCA Records)

Halsey, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” (Astralwerks Records)

Honey Dijon, “The Best of Both Worlds” (Classic Music Company)

Kehlani, “SweetSexySavage” (TSNMI/Atlantic Records)

Kelela, “Take Me Apart” (Warp Records)

Kesha, “Rainbow” (Kemosabe/RCA Records)

Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador Records)

Sam Smith, “The Thrill of It All” (Capitol Records)

St. Vincent, “MASSEDUCTION” (Loma Vista Recordings)

Wrabel, “We Could Be Beautiful” (Epic/Sony Records) 

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK

“America,” written by Gabby Rivera (Marvel Comics)

“The Backstagers,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

“Batwoman,” written by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (DC Comics)

“Black Panther: World of Wakanda,” written by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne (Marvel Comics)

“Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love,” written by Sarah Vaughn (DC Comics)

“Goldie Vance,” written by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball (BOOM! Studios)

“Iceman, written” by Sina Grace (Marvel Comics)

“Lumberjanes,” written by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios)

“Quantum Teens are Go,” written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Comics)

“The Woods,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

“The Bold and The Beautiful” (CBS)

“Days of Our Lives” (NBC)

“The Young & the Restless” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

“Australia Marriage Equality,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)

“Danica Roem,” “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper” (Comedy Central)

“Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated)

“Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm,” “The View” (ABC)

“Trans Veterans React to Ban,” “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE

“A Boy Named Lucas,” 20/20 (ABC)

“China Queer,” The Naked Truth (Fusion)

“Gay Purge?,” Nightline (ABC)

“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

“Trans Youth,” VICE on HBO (HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT

“The Abolitionists Face the Love Army” KAPP-KVEW Local News (KAPP-35/KVEW-42 [Tri Cities/Yakima, Wash.])

“DJ Zeke Thomas Goes Public” Good Morning America (ABC)

“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)

“Transgender Murders in Louisiana Part of Disturbing Trend” CBS Evening News (CBS)

“Transgender Rights under Fire in Trump Era” AM Joy (MSNBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man” by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News)

Lesbian College Coaches Still Face Difficult Atmosphere to Come Out by Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune)

“Pulse Victims’ Families in Puerto Rico: ‘We Have to Cry Alone'” by Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio (Orlando Sentinel)

“Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming” by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)

“The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” [series] (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) 

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE

“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic” by Linda Villarosa (The New York Times Magazine)

“Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’: The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)

“Free Radical” by Nathan Heller (Vogue)

“Trans, Teen, and Homeless” by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone) 

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE

The Advocate

Billboard

People

Teen Vogue

Time

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE

“The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M” by Lauren Larson (GQ.com)

“For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later” by James Michael Nichols (HuffPost Queer Voices)

“‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing.” by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter)

“Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won)” by Nico Lang (INTO)

“Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” by Samantha Allen (Splinter) 

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA

“Former Patriots and Chiefs Tackle Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out as Gay” by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports/SB Nation)

“Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion” (LogoTV.com)

“‘This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)

“Transgender Day of Remembrance” by Saeed Jones (AM to DM, BuzzFeed News)

“US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo” by Nina dos Santos (CNN.com) 

OUTSTANDING BLOG

Autostraddle

Gays With Kids

My Fabulous Disease

Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

Transgriot 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

“In a Heartbeat” (written & directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David)

“Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44 (Roc Nation/Universal Music Group)

29TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS

SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING SCRIPTED TELEVISION SERIES

“Las chicas del cable” (Netflix)

“La doble vida de Estela Carrillo” (Univision)

Ingobernable (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE

“Así viven los estudiantes transgénero después de que Trump anulara la ley de baños de Obama para escuela públicas,” Primer Impacto (Univision)

“Pulse, huellas de la masacre,” Docufilms (CNN en Español)

“Ser transgénero en Latinoamérica: sus experiencias y crecimiento,” Vive la Salud (CNN en Español)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT

“Comunidad LGBTQ vulnerable bajo nuevo gobierno,” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)

“Entrevista con Daniela Vega,” Showbiz (CNN en Español)

“Joven transgénero tiene un mensaje para las familias: ‘Acepten a sus hijos,'” Al Punto (Univision)

“El triunfo de una diseñadora mexicana transgénero en Nueva York” Noticias Telemundo (Telemundo)

“Unidos contra la discriminación y el acoso contra la comunidad LGBT,” Despierta América (Univision)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM

“La compleja realidad de ser gay en América Latina” (cnnespanol.cnn.com)

“‘No aprobar el Dream Act significaría una sentencia de muerte’, jóvenes LGBT y DACA” (laopinion.com)

“Padres de familia de Dallas luchan por los derechos de su hija transgénero” (aldiadallas.com)

“Primera senadora trans aspira a impulsar medidas para sectores discriminados” (efe.com)

“Tres hermanitos para dos papás” (laopinion.com)

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