26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees Announced: VIDEO

ImitationThe nominations for GLAAD's 26th Annual Media Awards have been revealed. The awards honor and recognize fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community: "Rather than portraying the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in broad stereotypes, [a nominated project] deals with the characters or themes in a fair, accurate, and multi-dimensional manner." Nominees are also chosen based on their "boldness and originality," breaking "new ground by exploring LGBT subject matter in non-traditional ways." 

There are 141 nominees this year across 31 categories. The awards are held in Los Angeles on March 21st and in New York City on May 9th.

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Husband From 'My Husband's Not Gay' Compares Being Gay To 'Craving Donuts' - VIDEO

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One of the husbands from TLC's My Husband's Not Gay explained to ABC News that his attraction to men is like the equivalent of eating "Too many donuts." He elaborated that he doesn't think of having sex with a man when he's having sex with his wife, but used the analogy (sic) that he may "love donuts," but then he wouldn't be able to "fit in his pants every day." He ended his statement saying that he would "love to eat donuts every day," but says he "desires to live a healthy lifestyle," and that he's not miserable or denying himself because he truly loves his wife and believes that his relationship with her is "healthy."

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 2.26.49 PMThe show follows four gay men, with some of them married to women, in Salt Lake City, Utah and is already garnering criticism from critics and activists saying the show delivers a negative message to LGBT people regarding their identities, especially youth. Josh Sanders, a devout gay Christian and LGBT advocate, spearheaded a petition to cancel My Husband's Not Gay, receiving 100,000 signatures; the petition ultimately failed to persuade TLC to take the show off the air. Sanders recently appeared on The Meredith Veira Show and spoke with Veira about surviving reparative therapy and how he thinks TLC is being reckless and exploitative with LGBT identities and issues for the sake of entertainment. Watch ABC News' interview with the "donut" craving man and his wife, and Sanders' interview with Veira about the TLC show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Naomi Campbell On Support For The LGBT Community: 'If It Wasn't For Gay Men I Wouldn't Exist' - VIDEO


Supermodel Naomi Campbell recently spoke with GLAAD about her upcoming role on the show Empire, which prominently features a gay storyline, and, more broadly, about why she supports the LGBT community. Referring to her recent appearance at GLAAD's media awards and questions she received on the red carpet as to why she was there, Campbell responded, "Why shouldn't I be here? I was...if it wasn't for gay men I wouldn't exist. Hair, make-up, designer, photographer, stylist, manicure, hair-dresser, I mean, I just wouldn't exist. I owe my life to gay men. And it's just what I've grown up with. It's my family."

Speaking about the character Jamal on Empire, who is gay, Campbell commented, "I think Jamal's character is so important. And it will hopefully bring a lot of people out."

Watch Campbell's interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Campbell will make her first appearance on Empire on January 21st. 

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LeAnn Rimes Speaks Out For Gay Country Singers Ty Herndon And Billy Gilman - VIDEO


Singer LeAnn Rimes has spoken out on the thorny issue of LGBT country singers.

Speaking to GLAAD, Rimes voiced her support for fellow country stars Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman, both of whom came out as gay in November.

She said that she was aware that Herndon was going to come out before it happened, adding “people should be able to love who they love - it's as simple as that."

Listen to “Hard Candy Christmas” from LeAnn’s EP One Christmas and watch the interview with GLAAD, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Inmates Of Litchfield Prison (AKA 'Orange Is The New Black' Cast) Want You To Celebrate Spirit Day: VIDEO


Who better to tout GLAAD's annual LGBT Spirit Day than the most sexually and racially diverse cast on television? A couple of the ladies from Netflix's Orange is the New Black made a video to inform those outside the Litchfield Prison walls about the event, taking place on Thursday, October 16th. 

Selenis Leyva (above left), who plays Gloria Mendoza on the show, gets right to the point: "Did you know that half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students say they feel unsafe at school?" The solution, according to Yael Stone (AKA Lorna Morello, above right)? "Wear a whole lot of purple." That's right, GLAAD wants you to stand in solidarity with bullied LGBT youth by wearing purple from head to toe (or, you know, somewhere) and communicating your support. And if the cast of "OITNB" is doing it, why on earth wouldn't you?!

Check out the Spirit Day website here.

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GLAAD: Representations of LGB Characters Are On The Rise



GLAAD’s annual Where We Are On TV report detailing the depictions of queer characters on network and cable television has just been published and its findings generally positive. The report is broken down by whether a show is a network or cable broadcast in addition to a character’s status as either a recurring role or series regular.

Overall the number of LGBT-identified characters on television is up slightly at 3.9% over 3.3% last season. That figure is down from an all-time high of 4.4% in 2012, and while television as a whole is becoming more diverse in terms of queer representation, cable programming is outpacing its network counterparts.

HBO programs like Looking, True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Girls made the network a standout compared to its competitors. Overall cable’s number of LGB series regulars has jumped from 42 last year to 64 this year, and those characters much more broadly reflect the racial diversity within the actual LGB population. While the overall number of racially diverse LGBT characters of color is steadily improving, the details of the landscape are not without their complications.

“It is heartening to see an uptick in Black representations on primetime television, but it is key that we remain vigilant about improving the quality of those portrayals,” commented Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange. “Too often media outlets rely on one-dimensional, stereotypical images of Black people, instead of the dynamic, complex portrays hit shows like Scandal suggest viewers actually want to see.”

Read GLAAD's full Where We Are On TV report AFTER THE JUMP...

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