GLAAD Award Nominees: Modern Family, Glee, The New Normal Make the Grade
"Viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them," says the group's leader
Last July when emerging R&B star Frank Ocean published an emotional letter detailing an early love affair with a man, his “coming out” story made headlines in the hip-hop world and beyond.
Now, the Grammy-nominated songwriter is being honored by GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization.
Ocean is among the 120 nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, the organization announced early Wednesday morning. He is being recognized for his critically-lauded Channel Orange album.
Other musician nominees include Adam Lambert (for his album Tresspassing).
Among the other familiar nominee names in the mix of 25 English-language and 33-Spanish language categories are: TV’s Modern Family, Smash, Glee, The New Normal, Anderson Cooper 360, The Amazing Race and The Daily Show. For motion pictures, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and ParaNorman – plus the documentaries How to Survive a Plague and Vito – are nominated.
Also being recognized: PEOPLE (for outstanding magazine coverage overall) and PEOPLE En Español – for two magazine articles: “Amor genuine,” by Cristina Saralegui, and "La lucha de Bamby," by Isis Sauceda.
For a complete list of nominees, click here.
“Images and stories from the LGBT community continue to push support for equality to historic levels,” GLAAD president Herndon Graddick said in a statement with the announcement of the nominees. “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.”
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20, at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11, at the Hilton Union Square.