The 2016 GLAAD Nominees Are Announced – But, There’s Controversy

GLAAD announced its 2016 nominees today. For 27 years, GLAAD has recognized media that has provided fair and inclusive representations of the LGBT community with its Media Awards. The advocacy organization just released the names being honored at his year’s festivities and it’s filled with expected and unexpected fare.

But what is missing from the list of nominees are grassroots gay blogs. Digital media is a single category with big wigs with The New York Times, Vice, and Huff Post all nominated.

Via Unicorn Booty:

For nine years, South Carolina blogger Alvin McEwen (aka Black Tsunami) has chronicled anti-LGBT religious hypocrites on his site Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters. For eight years, Maryland blogger Mark S. King has detailed his experiences living with HIV on his site My Fabulous Disease. Both men have previously been nominated for the “Oustanding Blog” award by Gays and Lesbians Allied Against Defamation (GLAAD), but now that GLAAD has dropped that honor from their 27th Annual Media Awards, LGBT bloggers like them (and us) have no chance of having their efforts recognized by America’s largest LGBT media organization… and that’s a serious mistake.

Among this year’s nominees (announced yesterday by GLAAD), the competitors for Outstanding Digital Journalism include publications with large revenues and staffs like Vice, Buzzfeed, Advocate, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and MSNBC — giants that small-time bloggers (many whom work 9-to-5 day jobs) could never compete with.

“I don’t fit the pattern of the conventional well-dressed younger twink or older well-to-do White mostly male LGBT leader or activist one sees on television or reads about in our magazines and online publications,” said McEwen in a recent post about the awards.

He continued:

“[GLAAD’s elimination of the ‘Outstanding Blog’ category] sends a negative message to grassroots and non-celebrities like myself. The GLAAD Media Awards should help to elevate new leaders, not push them away because lack of notoriety or fame. It’s not just solely about visibility, but also acknowledging and cultivating new spokespeople and leaders.”

As a long-time blogger, I know that many of us scattered (and unpaid) bloggers have provided coverage and support for LGBT issues, served as activists, and informed straight allies of our community activism. I feel this is a huge oversight given the number of great LGBT blogs I read on a daily basis.

With that said, here is the full list of 2016 nominees:

2016 GLAAD Media Award Nominees


Carol (The Weinstein Company)
The Danish Girl (Focus Features)
Dope (Open Road Films)
Freeheld (Lionsgate)
Grandma (Sony Pictures Classics)


52 Tuesdays (Kino Lorber)
Appropriate Behavior (Gravitas Ventures)
Boy Meets Girl (Wolfe Video)
Drunktown’s Finest (Nehst Studios)
Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)


Arrow (The CW)
Black Sails (Starz)
Empire (FOX)
The Fosters (ABC Family)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Nashville (ABC)
Orphan Black (BBC America)
Sense8 (Netflix)
Shameless (Showtime)


Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Faking It (MTV)
Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
Looking (HBO)
Master of None (Netflix)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Please Like Me (Pivot)
Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
Vicious (PBS)


(in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Gender” The Carmichael Show (NBC)
“Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell” Black-ish (ABC)
“The Prince of Nucleotides” Royal Pains (USA Network)
“Rock-a-Bye-Baby” NCIS New Orleans (CBS)
“We Build, We Fight” NCIS (CBS)


Banana (Logo)
Bessie (HBO)
Cucumber (Logo)


Kumu Hina (PBS)
Limited Partnership (PBS)
Mala Mala (Strand Releasing)
Tab Hunter Confidential (The Film Collaborative)
Tig (Netflix)


I Am Cait (E!)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
New Girls on the Block (Discovery Life)
The Prancing Elites Project (Oxygen)
Transcendent (Fuse)


The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)


Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO Records)
Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (Smiley Miley, Inc.)
Adam Lambert, The Original High (Warner Bros. Records)
Le1f, Riot Boi (XL Recordings/Terrible Records)
Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood (Capitol Records)


Angela: Queen of Hel, written by Marguerite Bennett (Marvel Comics)
Harley Quinn, written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (DC Comics)
Lumberjanes, written by Noelle Stevenson,
Shanonn Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)
Midnighter, written by Steve Orlando (DC Comics)
The Wicked + Divine, written by Kieron Gillen (Image Comics)


“Alison Bechdel” Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)
“Aydian Dowling” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Janet Mock” Super Soul Sunday (OWN)
“Jazz Jennings” The Meredith Vieira Show (syndicated)
“Transgender Rights” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


“Bruce Jenner: The Interview” 20/20 (ABC)
“The Courage Game” SportsCenter (ESPN)
“Dividing The United Methodist Church” To The Contrary” (PBS)
“Showdown in Indiana: The Battle Over Religious Rights”
CNN Special Report (CNN)
True Life: I’m Genderqueer (MTV)


“Interview with Jim Obergefell” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Mary Bonauto on Her SCOTUS Victory” The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
“Nicholas Coppola: Gay & Catholic” America Tonight (Al Jazeera America)
“Pushing for Equality for Transgender People” Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)
“Toddler Plays Role in Marriage Equality Case” MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts (MSNBC)


“Cold Case: The Murders of Cosby and Jackson” by Dianna Wray (Houston Press)
“Gay and Transgender Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Take a Stand” by Laurie Goodstein (The New York Times)
“Meet Dr. Levine, The State’s Top Doc” by Michael A. Fuoco (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Navy’s First Openly Gay SEAL Builds His Life Anew” by David Zucchino (Los Angeles Times)
“Transgender Today” [series] (The New York Times)


“Behind Brazil’s Gay Pride Parades, a Struggle with Homophobic Violence” by Oscar Lopez (Newsweek)
“The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol” by Jada Yuan and Aaron Wong (New York)
“Gus Kenworthy’s Next Bold Move” by Alyssa Roenigk (ESPN The Magazine)
“Just Your Average (Transgender) Teen” by Andrea Stanley (Seventeen)
“Pride & Prejudice” by Linda Villarosa (Essence Magazine)


The Advocate


“The Faces of Transgender Teen America” by David Yi (
“How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident” by Meredith Talusan (
“The Ky Peterson Saga” [series] by Mitch Kellaway and Sunnivie Brydum (
“This Is What It’s Like To Be An LGBT Syrian Fleeing For Your Life” by J. Lester Feder (
“This Tiny Clinic is Fighting for Trans Patients Illegally Denied Medical Care” by Jennifer Swann (


“Freed Trans Woman Ashley Diamond On Life Behind Bars In Men’s Prison” HuffPost Live (
“Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” by Clay Cane (
“Queerness On The Front Lines Of #BlackLivesMatter” MSNBC Originals (
“Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution” Vice Reports (
“Transgender, at War and in Love” by Fiona Dawson (


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The video below offers some good advice from older gay men to younger ones. Having just turned 50, the top advice I’d offer would be the following (and I didn’t see any of these in the video):

1. Don’t date people who look like you – take a chance on a “type” you haven’t considered. The outcome may be worth it.

2. Have some close, hetero best friends – I didn’t come out until I was 35 – as a result, I have many close friends in the straight world who mean the world to me. They also have stepped up onto the gay rights bandwagon which can only help our cause.

3. On the same theme, have some gay friends who are 15 – 30 years older than you – much of our LGBT history is not documented very well. The oral histories from earlier generations who have paved the way for who we all are today is worth participating in. Someday, you will be 50+ and when we are dead and buried, you will be the next “wise” disciple for younger generations.

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