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Join the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 6th. This award show honors the inclusion of LGBTQIA+ representation, issues, and voices. 

The nominations range from TV to film to artists and authors. Eight streaming services are nominated for 63 nominations: Hulu with 7 nominees, Netflix with 17 nominations, and HBO/HBO Max with the highest count – 19. Peacock, ABC, and MSNBC received 4 nominations. Also, Spanish-language services Univision and Telemundo received two nominations. 

Because of the grotesque nature of today’s society, most of the GLAAD nominations center around gender equality and transgender rights and empowerment. For instance, 30 television shows were nominated and 18 of those TV shows feature transgender and/or nonbinary characters. This includes shows like Y: The Last Man, Queer Eye, and Sex Education. And over 50 nominees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards include LGBTQIA+ people of color. 

GLAAD uses its platform to include and represent people who’ve never seen themselves on the big screen.

Personally, award shows like the NAACP Image Awards and GLAAD Media Awards need more recognition. We’re all aware of the 2020 hashtag “Oscar So White” and the other overtly white and hetero-centered award shows. The lack of inclusion must be incredibly frustrating for the LGBTQIA+ community. Fortunately, the NAACP Image Awards and GLAAD Media Awards combat exclusion and misrepresentation. 

In 2022, the Academy Awards only nominated three LGBTQIA+ people, and we’re still talking about how the Oscars are “making history” with their “inclusive” nominations. The statements are true, but they’re widely frustrating and questionable. Sometimes, you have to wonder if they’re really for inclusion or if they just don’t want controversy. But, luckily there are award shows that truly care about people and diversity. 

 “After decades of LGBTQ characters being excluded, sidelined, or misrepresented on television, it is incredibly powerful to see how many series introduced fresh, impactful, and fully developed LGBTQ characters and storylines in their first season, many of which were some of the most beloved shows of the year.”

GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis

Anyway, GLAAD announced 246 nominations and two new categories: Outstanding TV New Series and Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology: 

Outstanding New TV Series

  • 4400 (The CW)
  • Chucky (Syfy/USA Network)
  • Hacks (HBO Max)
  • Harlem (Prime Video)
  • The Long Call (BritBox)
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)
  • Sort Of (HBO Max)
  • With Love (Prime Video)
  • Y: The Last Man (FX)
  • Yellowjackets (Showtime)

Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology

  • Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms, written by Crystal Frasier (Oni Press)
  • DC Pride [anthology] (DC Comics)
  • Eighty Days, written by A.C. Esguerra (Archaia/BOOM! Studios)
  • The Girl from the Sea, written by Molly Ostertag (Graphix/Scholastic)
  • Girl Haven, written by Lilah Sturges (Oni Press)
  • I Am Not Starfire, written by Mariko Tamaki (DC Comics)
  • Marvel’s Voices: Pride [anthology] (Marvel Comics)
  • Renegade Rule, written by Ben Kahn, Rachel Silverstein (Dark Horse Comics)
  • The Secret to Superhuman Strength, written by Alison Bechdel (Mariner Books/HMH)
  • Shadow Life, written by Hiromi Goto (First Second/Macmillan)

Thank you to the GLAAD organization for making LGBTQIA+ people heard and welcomed. 

Buy your tickets to their live event and catch the Los Angeles highlights on Hulu!