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HISTORY The 1st Annual Awards ceremony took place in


1990 and recognized 34 nominees in seven competi- tive categories. For the first six years, winners were announced prior to the ceremony. Beginning with the 7th Annual Awards held in 1996, the change was made to its current format, announcing the winners in competitive categories at the ceremony. The 15th Annual Awards held in 2004 marked the first year nominations were expanded to recognize media in Spanish-language categories. The 16th Annual Awards held in 2005 marked the first year that the ceremonies were televised, first airing on the LGBT- themed Logo channel on July 24, 2005. Over 600 GLAAD Media Award voters participate in


the selection of Honorees from the pool of Nominees in each category via online balloting. Voters are made up of three groups: GLAAD staff and board, GLAAD Alliance and Media Circle members, and GLAAD volunteers & allies. These results are then reviewed for certification by


a review panel which consists of the GLAAD Board co-chairs, senior GLAAD program and communica- tions staff, and media industry experts. Members of the Review Panel are expected to view all of the nominees in each category, and the final list of award


recipients is determined by the Review Panel based on the results of the online balloting and their own expert opinions.


NOMINATIONS Transgender author and activist Chaz Bono is


nominated for three different appearances: Becom- ing Chaz, Dancing with the Stars, and his appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. The nominated documentary Two Spirits is garner-


ing a lot of attention outside of the awards ceremony. The film addresses a subject all-too-rare in main- stream media: the lives of Native American people who identify as LGBT and/or as two spirits. It aired on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series. Several nominees featured portrayals of LGBT


youth including Days of Our Lives, Degrassi, Drop Dead Diva, Glee, The Glee Project, Gun Hill Road, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, and Tomboy.


YOUTH SUPPORT This year, the Los Angeles awards renew their


commitment to providing community services and the red carpet experience to LGBT youth. The program reaches out to include select members from local high schools, LGBT groups and collegiate GSA’s, youth ages 14-21 to participate in a special pre-reception and advocacy fair, receive tickets to the GLAAD Media Awards show, and hear from local leaders at their very own Young Adults After Party.


SHOWTIME


AND TICKETS 4:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction 6:00 p.m .- Dinner and Live Auction 8:00 p.m. - GLAAD Media Awards Show 10:00 p.m. - After Party


Attire: Semi Formal/Black Tie Optional


Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites 404 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA


For more information visit: glaad.org/mediaawards/losangeles


“Pop culture really has to credit Ellen’s sitcom and Will & Grace for bringing gay characters into the living rooms of the general public. It’s hard to remember that it was unusual to see a gay character on a primetime show, now it’s almost unusual not to,” – Wendie Malick


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