GLAAD Media Awards



  • 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.


Advocate For Change Award

Ally Award

Barbara Gittings Award

Capital Award

Community Service Award

Davidson/Valentini Award
  • The trophy is given at the San Francisco part of the awards and is named in memory of GLAAD's first executive director, Craig Davidson, and his partner, GLAAD supporter Michael Valentini.

Donahue/Thomas Award

Excellence in Media Award

Favorite OUT Image of the Year Award

GLAAD Media Award

Golden Gate Award
  • The trophy is given at the San Francisco part of the awards.

Pioneer Award

Special Award

Special Recognition

Stephen F. Kolzak Award
  • The award was named for its first recipient, a highly successful Los Angeles casting director who devoted the last part of his life to fighting Aids-phobia and homophobia within the entertainment industry (from the GLAAD web site).

Vanguard Award

Visibilidad Award

Visibility Award

Vision Award

Vito Russo Award
  • The award is named for one of the founding members of GLAAD, who wrote the groundbreaking and definitive source on lesbian and gay images in film, The Celluloid Closet (1995) (from the GLAAD web site).

Vito Russo Film Award

Historical Timeline

  • 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.

  • For the first time the ceremony is broadcast on television.

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