‘Dear White People,’ ‘Imitation Game’ are among GLAAD nominees

A scene from "Dear White People."
(Ashley Nguyen / Roadside Attractions)

The LGBT media advocacy organization GLAAD named the nominees for its annual GLAAD Media Awards on Wednesday, announcing 31 categories (English and Spanish–language) for the fair and accurate inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues affecting their lives.

Among the nominees for outstanding film in wide release is “The Imitation Game,” which chronicles the work of gay mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) working to crack the Nazi code during World War II. The film is nominated along with “Love Is Strange,” “The Skeleton Twins,” “Tammy” and “Pride.”

In the category of outstanding film in limited release, director Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” starring Tyler James Williams as a black, gay student journalist, is nominated. Recognized in the same category are “Life Partners,” “Lilting,” “The Way He Looks” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”

British crooner Sam Smith, who is nominated for six Grammys this year, is listed in the music artist category with rapper Angel Haze, singer Mary Lambert, the group Against Me! and folk singer Mary Gauthier.


The increased depiction of transgender people across media platforms was apparent in the GLAAD announcement, including Time’s cover story “The Transgender Tipping Point” (a magazine article nominee) featuring actress and transactivist Laverne Cox, and Amazon’s “Transparent” (a TV comedy series nominee). Also highlighting the trans community are Cox’s documentary “The T Word” and AOL Originals’ documentary “True Trans with Laura Jane Grace.”

The GLAAD Media Awards will hold two ceremonies, one for each coast. The Los Angeles ceremony is March 21, and the New York one is May 9.

The complete list of nominees:

Film -- wide release


“The Imitation Game” (The Weinstein Co.)

“Love Is Strange” (Sony Pictures Classics)

“Pride” (CBS Films)

“The Skeleton Twins” (Roadside Attractions)


“Tammy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Film -- limited release

“Dear White People” (Lionsgate)

“Life Partners” (Magnolia Pictures)


“Lilting” (Strand Releasing)

“The Way He Looks” (Strand Releasing)

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (Film Movement)

TV drama series


“Degrassi” (TeenNick)

“The Fosters” (ABC Family)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)


“How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

“Last Tango in Halifax” (PBS)

“Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

“Orphan Black” (BBC America)


“Pretty Little Liars” (ABC Family)

“Shameless” (Showtime)

TV comedy series

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)


“Faking It” (MTV)

“Glee” (FOX)

“Looking” (HBO)

“Modern Family” (ABC)


“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Please Like Me” (Pivot)

“Sirens” (USA Network)

“Transparent” (Amazon Instant Video)


“Vicious” (PBS)

TV individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

“Deep Breath” – “Doctor Who” (BBC America)

“Down a Tree” – “Good Luck Charlie” (Disney Channel)


“Identity Crisis” – “Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime)

“Let’s Have a Baby” – “Playing House” (USA Network)

“No Lack of Void” – “Elementary” (CBS)

TV movie or miniseries


“The Normal Heart” (HBO)


“The Case Against 8” (HBO)

“L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin” (Showtime)


“Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word” (Logo/MTV)

“To Russia With Love” (Epix)

“True Trans With Laura Jane Grace” (AOL Originals)

Reality program


“Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce” (Fuse)

“B.O.R.N. to Style” (FYI)

“Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project” (VH1)

“R&B Divas: Atlanta” (TV One)


“Survivor: San Juan del Sur” (CBS)

Daily drama

“Days of Our Lives” (NBC)

“General Hospital” (ABC)


Music artist

Against Me!, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” (Xtra Mile Recordings)

Angel Haze, “Dirty Gold” (Island Records/Republic Records)

Mary Gauthier, “Trouble & Love” (In the Black Records)


Mary Lambert, “Heart on My Sleeve” (Capitol Records)

Sam Smith, “In the Lonely Hour” (Capitol Records)

Comic book

“Hawkeye,” written by Matt Fraction (Marvel Comics)


“Lumberjanes,” written by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis (BOOM! Studios)

“Memetic,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

“Rat Queens,” written by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)

“Saga,” written by Brian K. Vaughan (Image Comics)


Talk show episode

“Issues Facing the Transgender Community,” “Katie” (syndicated)

“Laverne Cox discusses ‘The T Word,’” “The View” (ABC)

“Michael Sam,” “Oprah Prime” (OWN)


“Pepe Julian Onziema,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (HBO)

“Robin Roberts,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated)

TV journalism -- newsmagazine

“Coming Out,” “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee” (Nickelodeon)


“Gay and Muslim in America,” “America Tonight” (Al Jazeera America)

“Gay Rodeo,” “This Is Life With Lisa Ling” (CNN)

“Infield & Out: Baseball for All,” “Morning Joe” (MSNBC)

“Transgender Society” [series], “Ronan Farrow Daily” (MSNBC)


TV journalism segment

“Change Is Coming to the South,” Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

“Fired for Being Gay?” MSNBC Live (MSNBC)

“License to Discriminate?” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)


“A Model with a Mission,” Alicia Menendez Tonight (Fusion)

“Transgender Tipping Point?” This Week (ABC)

Newspaper article

“A Christian Family, a Gay Son and a Wichita Father’s Change of Heart,” by Roy Wenzl (The Wichita Eagle)


“For Transgender Service Members, Honesty Can End Career,” by Ernesto Londoño (The Washington Post)

“An Identity to Call Their Own” [series], by Michael A. Fuoco & Mackenzie Carpenter (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“Longtime Utah LGBT Advocates Recount Brutal History,” by Erin Alberty (Salt Lake City Tribune)

“When They Stopped Waiting,” by Shaun McKinnon (The Arizona Republic)


Magazine article

“Do Ask, Do Tell” by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated)

“The Forsaken” by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)

“Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia” by Jeff Sharlet (GQ)


“Sex Without Fear” by Tim Murphy (New York)

“The Transgender Tipping Point” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

Magazine overall coverage





Sports Illustrated



Digital journalism article

“31 Days of PrEP” [series] (

“Black Parents, Gay Sons and Redefining Masculinity” by Edward Wyckoff Williams (

“Conner Mertens Came Out to His College Football Team. Now He Comes Out Publicly” by Cyd Zeigler (


“A Nun’s Secret Ministry Brings Hope to the Transgender Community” by Nathan Schneider (

“A Year Later, ‘Nothing’ Has Changed Since Transgender Woman Islan Nettles Was Killed” by Tony Merevick (

Digital journalism -- multimedia

“Left Behind: LGBT Homeless Youth Struggle to Survive on the Streets” by Miranda Leitsinger (


“Why Did the U.S. Lock Up These Women With Men?” by Cristina Costantini, Jorge Rivas, Kristofer Ríos (

“With Technology I Didn’t Have to Sell My Body” by Kerri Pang (

“Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens” by Adri Murguia, Christo Geoghegan (

“Young and Gay in Putin’s Russia” by Milene Larsson (



The Art of Transliness (

Autostraddle (

Box Turtle Bulletin (


Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters (

My Fabulous Disease (

Special recognition

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” (BioWare/Electronic Arts)


Daytime program episode (Spanish language)

“Cementerio Homófobo,” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)

“Maestro Despedido por [ser] Gay,” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)

“Un Mundo de Juegos,” La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision)


Television interview (Spanish language)

“Abigail Pereira Participante Transgénero de Yo Soy El Artista,” Suelta La Sopa Extra (Telemundo)

“En cuerpo ajeno,” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)

“Felicia en Ventaneando: Platica Sobre su Transformación,” Ventaneando (Azteca)


“Identidad Sin Fronteras: Inmigrantes Transgénero Buscan Nueva Vida en EEUU,” Despierta América (Univision)

“Intolerancia familiar,” Realidades en Contexto (CNN en Español)

Documentary (Spanish language)

“Identidad Sin Fronteras,” Panorámica (Univision/Pivot)


“La Travesía del Atleta Gay” (CNN en Español)

TV journalism -- newsmagazine (Spanish language)

“Felipe Najera Abre su Corazón,” Primer Impacto (Univision)

“Michael Sam Confiesa su Homosexualidad,” Sin Límites (CNN Latino)


“Orlando Cruz Habla de su Vida,” Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)

“Vínculos Rupturas,” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)

TV journalism segment (Spanish language)

“Corte Suprema de Justicia en EE.UU Decline Estudiar Recursos Sobre Bodas del Mismo Sexo,” Informativo NTN (NTN24)


“La historia de una [mujer] Transexual,” Café CNN (CNN)

“Obama Apoya la Comunidad Transgénera,” Noticias MundoFOX (MundoFOX)

“Posibles Sanciones,” Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo)

“Ya no hay Obstáculos,” Noticiero Univision (Univision)


Local TV journalism (Spanish language)

“Cobertura de Spirit Day” [series], Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34, Los Angeles)

“En Centros de Detención,” Noticias Telemundo Arizona (KTAZ-Telemundo 39, Phoenix)

“Justicia para Zoraida Reyes,” Noticiero Telemundo (KVEA-Telemundo 52, Los Angeles)


“Nombran a la Primer Mujer Gay al Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico,” Ultima Hora (Univision, Puerto Rico)

“Tacones de Charro,” Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34, Los Angeles)

Newspaper article (Spanish language)

“Caravana gay en contra la marginalidad social” by Panky Corcino (El Diario New York)


"¿Es la TV Latina Homofóbica? La Respuesta te Sorprenderá?” by Marta Sarabia (La Opinión)

“Gay, Indocumentado y sin Cuidados Médicos” by Patricia A González-Portillo (La Opinión)

“Latino Gay Elegido Alcalde de Long Beach Responde a Ataques Homofóbicos” by Olivia Tallet (La Voz de Houston)

“Mamá, Soy Homosexual Dijo Ricardo; su Familia no Entendió y lo Corrió de su Casa” by Selene Rivera (Hoy Los Angeles)


Digital journalism article (Spanish language)

“Identidad sin fronteras, un documental sobre los inmigrantes transgénero” (PeopleenEspañ

“Identidades invisibles” [series] by Marcos Billy Guzmán (

"¿Qué tan difícil es salir del clóset en Colombia?” (


“Ser gay en China: La bandera del arco iris ondea libremente” (

“Una misión: repartir amor” by Istra Pacheco (

Digital journalism -- multimedia (Spanish language)

“Derechos de los Homosexuales Entran a la Campaña Electoral en Brasil” by Shasta Darlington (


“Hispanos LGBT Quieren su Propia Reforma” by Álvaro Ortiz (

“Maite Oronoz Jura Como Juez Asociada del Tribunal Supremo” by Rebecca Bamuchi (

"¿Que es ENDA?” by Cary Tabares (

“Venezuela: Madre lesbiana pide al Parlamento Reconocer Derechos de su Hijo” (


Special recognition (Spanish language)

“Era Diferente,” Los Tigres del Norte

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