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The GLAAD Media Award is an accolade bestowed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to recognize and honor various branches of the media for their outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. In addition to film and television, the Awards also recognize achievements in other branches of the media and arts, including theatre, music, journalism and advertising.
Honorees are selected by a process involving over 700 GLAAD Media Award voters and volunteers and are evaluated using four criteria: "Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representations" of the LGBT community, "Boldness and Originality" of the project, significant "Cultural Impact" on mainstream culture, and "Overall Quality" of the project. Results are then certified by a "Review Panel" who determine the final list of recipients based on voting results and their own "expert opinions".
The 1st GLAAD Media Awards ceremony honoring the 1989 season was held in 1990, and recognized 34 nominees in 7 competitive categories. The upcoming 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies honoring the 2013 season will be held in Los Angeles on April 12, 2014 and in New York City on May 3, 2014, recognizing 93 nominees in 20 English-language categories and 37 nominees in nine Spanish-language categories.
The first GLAAD Media Awards were presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in 1990 to honor the 1989 season, and were envisioned as a way to recognize various branches of the media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
The 1st Annual Awards ceremony recognized 34 nominees in 7 competitive categories and was a relatively "small" affair. At the 20th Annual Awards ceremony presented in 2009, GLAAD Award Honoree, Phil Donahue said of the first Annual ceremony – “It’s unbelievable to think about the power and the warp speed of this revolution. Twenty years ago when I proudly accepted the first GLAAD Media Award…it was a very small crowd. There are more photographers here tonight than there were people then".
For the first six years, winners were announced prior to the ceremony. Beginning with the 7th Annual Awards held in 1996, the change was made to its current format, announcing the winners in competitive categories at the ceremony. The 15th Annual Awards held in 2004 marked the first year nominations were expanded to recognize media in Spanish-language categories. The 16th Annual Awards held in 2005 marked the first year that the ceremonies were televised, first airing on the LGBT-themed Logo channel on July 24, 2005.
- ↑ GLAAD Media Awards – Home. GLAAD.org. Retrieved on July 14, 2009.
- ↑ GLAAD Media Award – Categories. GLAAD.org. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
- ↑ GLAAD Media Award – Selections. GLAAD.org. Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ GLAAD Media Award – FAQs. GLAAD.org. Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ GLAAD Media Award – Press. GLAAD.org. Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
- ↑ GLAAD announces nominees for 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards. GLAAD. Retrieved on January 30, 2014.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 15th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. GLAAD.org. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
- ↑ Kissell, Rick. "20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards", Variety, March 29, 2009. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
- ↑ 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. GLAADBlog.org. Retrieved on July 4, 2011.
- ↑ 16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. LogoTV.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2011.
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- GLAAD Media Awards on YouTube
- GLAAD Media Awards at IMDb
- GLAAD Media Awards at LIFE
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