The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards kicks off this Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles with honorees including Jennifer Lopez, who will be receiving the Vanguard Award, and trans actress Laverne Cox, who is being awarded the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The list of nominees is as impressive as ever across both television, film and other media that will be honored during the show that only shows just how much broader the spectrum for LGBT exposure has gotten.
Of course, we’re here to talk the TV side of things and if you want to get a sampling of some of the TV nominees this year, we’ve got “Orphan Black,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Glee,” “Brooklyn Nine Nine” and more to view right here.
Outstanding Drama Series:
“Orphan Black” (BBC America): Where do I begin? One of the most captivating series on television last year, Tatiana Malsany wow’d over and over as Sarah, who, it turns out, is part of a cloning project with (at least) eight other clones to contend with. With a gay BFF (Jordan Gavaris is fantastic) and one of the clones, Cosima, being a lesbian, the show has a queer tone to it and Malsany doesn’t miss a beat. Plus, season two is starting April 19th. I suggest diving in for the first time or again, like, NOW.
“The Fosters” (ABC Family): If you long for a good solid family drama that will have you reaching for the tissues with every episode, “the Fosters” is for you. With Sherri Saum and Teri Polo as a married lesbian couple setting an example that a family has less to do with DNA than it does with love, respect and support, the series is a winner. Lopez is also an Executive Producer with creators being out producers Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige (“Queer As Folk“). Here’s a video of Polo and Saum at last year’s GLAAD Awards:
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC): Yep, Callie and Arizona are still together…until they break up again for a few episodes but their love story continues and is held in the same regard as the others on the long-running Shonda Rhimes medical drama. Some of the faces have changed (and some haven’t!) and while the show isn’t as must-see these days, it’s still not to be missed and continues to represent.
“Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family): The gayest network these days isn’t Bravo or Logo but ABCFamily with “The Fosters” and equally engaging – but more sensationally off the charts crazy – “PLL.” Created by out writer I. Marlene King, one of the Liars is gay teen Emily (Shay Mitchell) who went through her coming out and is now just fighting for her life…and her latest girlfriend. (I hope Paige isn’t gone for good!!)
“Shameless” (Showtime): A perfect example of a series that has a gay character (teenager Ian played by Cameron Monaghan) that gets into just as many complicated relationships and tough situations as everyone else on this manic series. For series that don’t know what to do with a gay character, watch “Shameless!”
We could go on and on but there are more nominees for Outstanding Comedy series, Individual episodes of series like “Elementary” and “Supernatural” and Talk Shows like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” For a complete list of GLAAD nominees, visit the website.
I will be on the red carpet at both the LA-based Awards this weekend and the May 3rd New York City Awards so keep an eye out for great coverage right here.
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