gma_nomineeannouncement_r1GLAAD, the lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization of the United States, was founded in 1985 and this year it was the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

glaad_1080GLAAD Media Awards nominees are selected using the following four criteria:
Fair, Accurate and Inclusive RepresentationsRather than portraying the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in broad stereotypes, the project deals with the characters or themes in a fair, accurate, and multi-dimensional manner. Inclusive means that the diversity of the LGBT community is represented.
Boldness and OriginalityThe project breaks new ground by exploring LGBT subject matter in non-traditional ways and handles the LGBT content in a fresh and original manner.
ImpactThe project has significant cultural impact. The media project dramatically increases the cultural dialogue about LGBT issues, or reaches an audience that is not regularly exposed to LGBT images and issues.
Overall QualityA project of extremely high quality adds significance to the images and issues portrayed and draws more viewers or readers to the material. Fair, accurate and inclusive images may be weakened when they are part of a poor-quality project.

The event had many celebrities in the crowd and on stage like Viola DavisViolaDavis5 (How To Get Away From Murder), Murray Bartlett (Looking), Patricia Arquettepatricia-arquette-7, Days of Our lives boys Guy Wilsonguy wilson, Freddie Smithfreddie-smith-days and Christopher Seanchristopher sean, Wilson CruzwilsonCruz1, Tyler OakleyTyler_Oakley, Ellen Degeneresellen, Channing Tatum16870047466_72439bec95_b, Gregg Sulkingregg sulkin and Rita VolkThe cast of MTV's "Faking It" (Faking it), Mike Mosleymike mosley, Kevin Danielskevin daniel and Kevin Bigley???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? (Sirens) and Jordan Gavarisjordan-garavis (Orphan Black).

days-of-our-lives-glaad-media-awardsRoland-Emmerich-and-Channing-Tatum--e1427121342407Ellen DeGeneres presented Kerry Washington with

Ellen and her wife Portia de Rossi
Ellen and her wife Portia de Rossi

GLAAD’s Vanguard Award tonight at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
Channing Tatum presented out film director Roland Emmerich with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

The cast of How To Get Away With Murder
The cast of How To Get Away With Murder

Here is the complete list of GLAAD Media Award winners who were announced last Saturday the 21st of March in Los Angeles:
Vanguard Award: Kerry Washington
Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Roland Emmerich
Outstanding Film – Wide Release: The Imitation GameThe_Imitation_Game_poster (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Drama Series: How to Get Away with Murder how_to_get_away_with_murder_folder_icons_by_f0l13ad3ux-d83oiaq.png(ABC)

Outstanding Comedy Series: Transparent transparent-620x420(Amazon Instant Video)
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): “Identity Crisis” Drop Dead DivaL_Drop_Dead_Diva_Key_Art_NoPremiere_Vertical(Lifetime)
Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: The Normal Heart HBO The Normal Heart(HBO)
Outstanding Music Artist: Against Me!, against-me-bigpanel-626x339Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Outstanding Daily Drama: Days of Our Lives youtube_lifts_age_restriction_on_gay_soap_kiss(NBC)
Outstanding Comic Book: Rat QueensRat_Queens_Issue_1_cover, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “31 Days of PrEP” 31-Days-PrEP[series] (
Outstanding Blog: Autostraddleautostraddle (

Alex Newell from Glee
Alex Newell from Glee

GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging BioWare’s hit video game Dragon Age: Inquisitiondragon age and the song “Era Diferente” by the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte with Special Recognition Awards. FOX’s Glee also received a Special Recognition Award, following the series finale. For six seasons, Glee has consistently introduced groundbreaking LGBT characters and storylines, including a recent episode that featured a 200-person transgender choir.glee Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer at Fox Television Group, accepted the award on behalf of the show.The evening featured a musical performance by Glee star Alex Newell that earned him a well-deserved standing ovation. There were also appearances by Zoe Saldanazoe-saldana, Andrew Rannellsandrw rannell, Portia de Rossi, and “Looking” stars Murray Bartlettmurray bartlet and Daniel Franzesedaniel franzese.

16870047846_02c8d7b17c_bThe most memorable moment of the evening was the outstanding speech of “Scandal” star Kerri Washington after receiving the Vanguard Award which is given each year to a high-profile straight ally from Ellen Degeneres. In presenting to Scandal star Washington, DeGeneres said ‘she is not afraid to fight the underdog’ then jokingly added: ‘You didn’t hear it from me but I saw her at Dinah Shore weekend – I’m pretty sure it was her.” Kerri Washington brought the crowd to its feet at the end of her powerful speech.

Kerry-Washington-2015-GLAAD-Media-Awards-PicturesCONGRATULATIONS to all the winners from Pink In Our Lives and myself.
Have a great day and like GLAAD rewritten the script for LGBT acceptance and create a world where everyone can live the life they love. Follow us for more on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. Keep sharing, liking and making our message known to the world. Big kiss Lesley Middleton



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