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Cynthia Nixon, Lady Gaga, Leonard Pitts Jr. among 2010 GLAAD Media Award winners and nominees (with video)

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has announced its 21st annual Media Awards nominees and some special award winners. Among them: Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon (Vito Russo Award), and nominees Lady Gaga and Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.

Below is a GLAAD video about the awards featuring President Jarrett Barrios, followed by the GLAAD news release and the full list of English- and Spanish-language nominees:

A Single Man, Precious, Taking Woodstock, Glee, Mad Men, Modern Family, Little Ashes, RuPaul's Drag Race, One Life to Live, The Joy Behar Show, Essence, Lady Gaga, Be Like Others, Primer Impacto Among Nominees

Cynthia Nixon to be Honored in New York

Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 13, 2010 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced today the nominees for its 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to Americans. Among the nominees: Tom Ford's Golden Globe®-nominated film A Single Man, Lee Daniel's Golden Globe®-nominated film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, Ang Lee's latest film Taking Woodstock, Little Ashes, starring Robert Pattinson, AMC's acclaimed drama Mad Men, Fox's hit show Glee, ABC’s new hit comedy Modern Family, Be Like Others, a documentary about transgender people in Iran, Logo's reality show RuPaul's Drag Race, the daytime drama One Life to Live, HLN's new talk show The Joy Behar Show, The Early Show's interview with Chaz Bono, bisexual singer Lady Gaga, gay singer Adam Lambert and Spanish-language nominees Sábado Gigante, Primer Impacto, Al Rojo Vivo and People en Español.

"Words and images matter," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "With these awards, we seek to recognize news coverage and entertainment programming that go beyond stock stereotypes with LGBT storylines that more fully reflect the challenges gay and transgender people face and the aspirations we hold for ourselves and our families. The GLAAD Media Awards honor media professionals who are doing an exceptional job at bringing our stories into the living rooms of America – and set a 'fairness benchmark' for the news and entertainment industries. The awards also complement and fund GLAAD's other programmatic work to share the stories of allies, religious leaders, gay and transgender people of color, local couples and families with Americans."

Barrios continued, "News and entertainment media that present richer, more diverse representations help Americans understand and embrace their gay and transgender family members, friends and neighbors in a more meaningful way. While there is still progress to be made, we are proud to recognize all of this year's GLAAD Media Awards nominees."

GLAAD also announced that Cynthia Nixon will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the New York ceremony. The Vito Russo Award is named after a founding member of GLAAD and is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. More information about the honor is included below. Additional Special Honorees for New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco will be announced at a later date.

"Cynthia Nixon has been a vocal and visible advocate who has transformed cultural attitudes about our community," Barrios said. "She is a perfect example of how sharing your personal story and speaking out for marriage equality can inspire change among fair-minded Americans. It is our privilege to honor her."

GLAAD also announced that the Broadway cast of Hair would receive Special Recognition for their commitment to raising visibility for marriage equality. Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming will host the ceremony in New York, and the San Francisco event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer Bruce Vilanch.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 13, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza; and in San Francisco on June 5 at The Westin St. Francis.

The 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be the official launch of GLAAD's new visual identity, created by Lippincott. The new brand identity fully represents the evolving GLAAD mission and symbolizes the work GLAAD does to amplify the stories of LGBT people, transforming cultural attitudes and demonstrating why it is that words and images matter.

GLAAD announced 116 nominees in 24 English-language categories, and 36 Spanish-language nominees in 8 categories. In the competitive categories, cable networks earned 23 nominations, while broadcast networks garnered 17 nominations.

21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards - English Language Nominees

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

Everybody's Fine
Miramax
I Love You, Man
DreamWorks SKG
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Lionsgate Films
A Single Man
The Weinstein Company
Taking Woodstock
Focus Features

Outstanding Film - Limited Release

Casi Divas
Maya Entertainment
The Country Teacher
Film Movement
Little Ashes
Regent Releasing
Phoebe in Wonderland
THINKfilm
The Secrets
Monterey Media

Outstanding Drama Series

Brothers & Sisters
ABC
Grey's Anatomy
ABC
Mad Men
AMC
Skins
BBC America
True Blood
HBO

Outstanding Comedy Series

Beautiful People
Logo
Glee
Fox
GREEK
ABC Family
Modern Family
ABC
United States of Tara
Showtime

Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBT character

"Homeward Bound"
Private Practice (ABC)
"Lisa Says"
The Listener (NBC)
"Pawnee Zoo"
Parks and Recreation (NBC)
"The Real Ghostbusters"
Supernatural (The CW)
"Wait and See"
Private Practice (ABC)

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series

An Englishman in New York
Logo
Pedro
MTV
Prayers for Bobby
Lifetime
Torchwood: Children of Earth
BBC America

Outstanding Documentary

Ask Not
PBS
Be Like Others
HBO
Derek
The Sundance Channel
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
Diva Productions
U People
Logo

Outstanding Reality Program

The Amazing Race 15
CBS
Kathy Griffin: MY Life on the D-List
Bravo
Making His Band
MTV
The Real World: Brooklyn
MTV
RuPaul's Drag Race
Logo/VH1

Outstanding Daily Drama

All My Children
ABC
As the World Turns
CBS
Guiding Light
CBS
One Life to Live
ABC

Outstanding Music Artist

Brandi Carlile
Give Up the Ghost (Sony)
Lady Gaga
The Fame Monster (Interscope)
Gossip
Music for Men (Sony)
Adam Lambert
For Your Entertainment (19 Recordings / RCA Records)
Otep
Smash the Control Machine (Victory Records)

Outstanding Talk Show Episode

"Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
"Hell to Pay – Gay Teen Exorcism" The Tyra Banks Show (The CW)
"Mormon Church & Gays" The Joy Behar Show (HLN)
"The Science of Intersex" The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated)
"Sirdeaner Walker Interview" The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine

"40th Anniversary of Stonewall" In the Life (PBS)
"Angie Zapata Murder Trial" InSession (truTV)
"Bullied to Death?" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
"Gay Killings in Iraq" CNN Newsroom (CNN)
"Uganda Be Kidding Me" (series) The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

"Gay Teen Mutilated" Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN)
"Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach 'I Was Utterly Devastated'" CNN Newsroom (CNN)
"Reverend’s Revelation: Minister Speaks Out About Being Transgender" The Early Show (CBS)
"Total Transformation: Why Chaz Bono Decided to Change" Good Morning America (ABC)
"Why Will Won't Pledge Allegiance" American Morning (CNN)

Outstanding Newspaper Article

"Binational, Same-Sex Couples Face Immigration Problems" by Mike Swift
(San Jose Mercury News)
"Kept From a Dying Partner’s Bedside" by Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times)
"Militias Target Some Iraqis for Being Gay" by Paul Wiseman and Nadeem Majeed
(USA Today)
"Minister Kept Secret for 27 Years" by Christine McFadden (The Portland Tribune [Portland, Ore.])
"Transgender Vets a Hidden Population" by Carol Ann Alaimo (Arizona Daily Star [Tucson, Ariz.])

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist

Leonard Pitts, Jr. (The Miami Herald)
Deb Price (The Detroit News)
Frank Rich (The New York Times)
Rev. Byron Williams (The Oakland Tribune)
Craig Wilson (USA Today)

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage

Greeley Tribune [Greeley, Colo.]
Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
Portland Press Herald [Portland, Maine]
The Washington Post

Outstanding Magazine Article

"Coming Out in Middle School" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The New York Times Magazine)
"Either/Or: Sports, Sex and the Case of Caster Semenya" by Ariel Levy (The New Yorker)
"Gay on Trial" by Gabriel Arana (The American Prospect)
"Trouble in Paradise" by Jeannine Amber (Essence)
"What's Right with Utah" by Lisa Duggan (The Nation)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

The Advocate
Entertainment Weekly
The Nation
Newsweek
People

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

"Former College Football Captain Was Openly Gay" by Cyd Zeigler, Jr. (Outsports.com)
"McMackin's Slur Reveals Larger Problem" by LZ Granderson (ESPN.com)
"On the Road to Refuge" by Pete Muller (ColorLines.com)
"'We Love You, This Won't Change a Thing'" by John Buccigross(ESPN.com)
"Why Can’t You Just Butch Up? Gay Men, Effeminacy, and Our War with Ourselves" by Brent Hartinger (AfterElton.com)

Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia

"AIDS Lifecycle: On the Road" by Derrick Shore (Advocate.com)
"From Stonewall to Mainstream" research by Jessica Bennett, Rebecca Shabad, & Brooke Browne (Newsweek.com)
"The Stonewall Riots: 40 Years Later" produced by Dave Singleton (AARP.com)

Outstanding Comic Book

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jane Espenson, Steven S. DeKnight, Drew Z. Greenberg, Jim Krueger, Doug Petrie, Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Detective Comics by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
Madame Xanadu by Matt Wagner (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Secret Six by Gail Simone (DC Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater

40 is the New 15 book and lyrics by Larry Todd Johnson, music by Cindy O'Connor
Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins by Brian Christopher Williams
Battle Hymn by Jim Leonard
Bingo with the Indians by Adam Rapp
Lydia by Octavio Solis

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway

A Boy and His Soul by Colman Domingo
The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
Soul Samurai by Qui Nguyen
The Temperamentals by Jon Marans

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway

Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party by Aaron Loeb
Devil Boys From Beyond by Buddy Thomas
The Lily’s Revenge by Taylor Mac
She Like Girls by Chisa Hutchinson
Wickets created and conceived by Clove Galilee and Jenny Rogers, adapted from
Fefu and Her Friends by Maria Irene Fornes

Special Recognition

Hair book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot

21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards -Spanish-Language Nominees

Outstanding Novela

Más Sabe el Diablo (Telemundo)
Niños Ricos, Pobres Padres (Telemundo)
Las Tontas No Van al Cielo (Univision)
Victorinos (Telemundo)

Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode

"Adopción gay: un tema muy controversial" Paparazzi TV Sensacional (MegaTV)
"Debate sobre igualdad en el matrimonio" Pura Política (NY1 Noticias)
"Gay y Latino" SuperLatina (KXTX-TV 39 [Dallas, Tex.])
"Sentidos descabellados" Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
"Yo tuve un varón, no una mujer" Quien Tiene La Razón (Univision)

Outstanding Talk Show Interview

"Debate sobre matrimonios del mismo sexo" Sábado Gigante (Univision)
"Exigiendo justicia para Jorge Steven Lopez" Anda Pa'l Cará (Univision)
"En busca de un hijo" El Show de Cristina (Univision)
"Niños víctimas de la homofobia" El Show de Cristina (Univision)
"Realidades de ser gay en la tercera edad" El Show de Cristina (Univision)

Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine

"Alternativas para tener familia" Despierta America (Univision)
"En el cuerpo equivocado" Primer Impacto (Univision)
"Ex candidato por la presidencia deja la política para convertirse en mujer" Al Rojo Vivo
(Telemundo)
"Damas gracias: Entrevista con Eva Leivas-Andino" Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
"Irónico destino" Aquí y Ahora (Univision)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

"Afrontando la realidad" Noticias Univision (KTVW-TV 33 [Phoenix, Ariz.])
"Asamblea aprueba por mayoría el matrimonio gay" Mega News (MegaTV)
"Mujer transgénera dice haber sido discriminada" Noticiero 34 (Univision)
"Polémicas adopciones" Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo)
"Vigil por Jorge Steven" Noticiero 52 (Telemundo)

Outstanding Newspaper Article

"Acá tienen la libertad de divertirse a su manera" by Jesse J. Linares (Hoy)
"EEUU: cada vez más homosexuales piden asilo político" by Russell Contreras (El Nuevo Herald)
"Mas familias de dos papás o dos mamas" by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)
"Los padres de Jorge Steven expresan su dolor" by Bárbara J. Figueroa Rosa (Primera Hora)
"Pareja de amistad y entendimiento" by Julio Paredes (El Diario La Prensa)

Outstanding Magazine Article

"Cuatro veces la alegría" by Maureen Harrington (People en Español)
"Del odio a la justicia" by Lena Hansen (People en Español)
"Jaime Camil habla de sus besos gays" by Cynthia Bagué (TV y Novelas)
"Te presentamos a Fabiola Navarro, una transexual que causa sensación en la TV Hispana" by Alejandra Chaparro (TV Notas)

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

"Igualdad para todos: Shirley y Jay" by Lulee Ahmed (Ambiente.us)
"Música norteña y… ¿gay?" by Judith Torrea (PeopleenEspanol.com)
"Saliendo del clóset: Cómo enfrentarlo en familia" by Fernanda Martínez (Univision.com)

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