- The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. (from the GLAAD web site, 2002)
- The GLAAD Media Awards honor gay/lesbian achievements in various fields of media work. Besides film and television also achievements in theatre, music, print media and advertising are recognized.
Time Specification: regular
Geographic Specification: national
AwardsGLAAD Media Award
1996: While in the past award winners were always announced prior to the ceremony, this year sees the introduction of nominees - at first just in two of the categories.
2005: For the first time the ceremony is broadcast on television.
The GLAAD Media Awards honor individuals and projects in the media and entertainment industries for their balanced and accurate representations of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender communities, and the issues that effect their lives.
The entries are nominated by the GLAAD committee, staff & board and later voted on by GLAAD board & staff as well as volunteers.
Eligible for the category "Outstanding Individual Episode" are series without a regular gay character.
Favorite OUT Image of the Year Award
The award is decided on by an on-line poll in which fans vote for their favorite gay character or openly gay personality from the world of entertainment.
Stephen F. Kolzak Award
The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is one of GLAAD's highest honors, which is presented to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals in the media for their outstanding contribution in combating homophobia.
The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Spanish-language media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.
The award is presented to a member of the entertainment or media community whose personal contribution to equal rights for lesbians and gay men has made a significant difference.
Golden Gate Award
The award is presented to a member of the entertainment or media community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Vision Award is presented to a media professional who has had long-term vision and commitment to making a significant difference in society by promoting equal rights for lesbians and gay men.
The Pioneer Award is presented to a pioneering individual, group or outlet that made a significant contribution to the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-inclusive media images prior to the existence of the GLAAD Media Awards.
The Capital Award is given to an openly lesbian or gay individual who has achieved excellence in a specific area of media and furthered the visibility and inclusion of the community through his/her work.
The Davidson/Valentini Award is given to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual, who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.
Barbara Gittings Award
The Barbara Gittings Award is presented to a pioneering individual, group or community media outlet that has made a significant contribution to the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media.
Vito Russo Award
The Vito Russo (Entertainer) Award is presented to an openly lesbian or gay individual who has achieved excellence in a specific area of media and has furthered the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through his/her work.
Vito Russo Film Award
Excellence in Media Award
Community Service Award
Advocate For Change Award