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GLADD Announces Nominees: 20th Annual GLADD Media Awards

Milk, True Blood, Torchwood, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,
Ghost Whisperer, Freeheld, Transamerican Love Story, The Early Show,
GQ, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Kenneth Cole,
Aquí y Ahora Among Nominees

Tyra Banks, Suze Orman to be Honored in New York

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English Language Nominees
Spanish Language Nominees
Special Honoree Bios
Facts & Figures About NomineesLos Angeles, Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today the nominees and honorees for its 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by IBM. Among the nominees: Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award®-nominated film Milk, Woody Allen’s Academy Award®-nominated film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Patrik-Ian Polk’s big-screen adaptation of his hit sitcom Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, BBC America’s hit shows Torchwood and Skins, HBO’s vampire drama True Blood, the episodes “Ghostfacers” from Supernatural and “Slam” from Ghost Whisperer, Logo reality shows Shirts & Skins and Transamerican Love Story, MSNBC programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and Spanish-language nominees Aquí y Ahora, Ventaneando América, Noticiero Telemundo, Hoy and Paparazzi TV.
“The 20th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how media representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have evolved over the past two decades, clearly helping shape and evolve people’s hearts and minds about LGBT people,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “GLAAD’s media advocacy and anti-defamation work as a resource for media professionals, combined with enabling LGBT people and allies to be compelling storytellers, has played a significant role in stories about our lives achieving greater visibility and being more compelling, honest, and real than ever before. We are proud to recognize all of this year’s GLAAD Media Awards nominees.”

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 28, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE; and in San Francisco on May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco.

GLAAD also announced the Special Honorees for the New York ceremony: Tyra Banks will receive the Excellence in Media Award and Suze Orman will receive the Vito Russo Award. Information about both honorees may be found at http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/specialhonorees.php. Special Honorees for Los Angeles and San Francisco will be announced at a later date.

“Tyra Banks and Suze Orman have used their positions of power within the media to become strong advocates on behalf of the LGBT community,” Giuliano said. “They are changing hearts and minds, opening people’s eyes to our common humanity, and it is our privilege to honor them.”

In addition to 125 nominees in 26 English-language categories, and 60 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories, GLAAD also announced that it would present Special Recognition awards to The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later – The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard, a two-hour documentary broadcast on Sirius XM Radio; and to Lucía Méndez, an actress and singer who campaigned to bring awareness to the issue of LGBT teen suicide.

In the competitive categories, broadcast networks and cable networks each garnered 22 nominations. Among the broadcast networks, ABC came away with six nominees, while Logo led cable networks with five nominations.

A complete list of English language nominees are available at:
http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/nominees.php.

A complete list of Spanish language nominees are available at:
http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/spanishnominees.php.

Additional facts about this year’s 185 nominees are available at:
http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/20thAnnual/tipsheet.php.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.

The 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Nearly 1,000 media projects were considered by over 75 volunteers serving on seven nominating juries. This year, more than 5,000 people will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, raising more than $3.5 million for the organization’s work.

More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting corporate partner IBM, New York Presenting corporate partner Prudential, and Los Angeles Presenting corporate partner ABSOLUT® VODKA. GLAAD is also grateful to the event’s Platinum Underwriters; Anheuser-Busch, Inc./Bud Light and the University of Phoenix. Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, Disney-ABC Television Group, HMS Media, MillerCoors, New York City Marriott & Renaissance Hotels, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Time Warner, and Wyndham Worldwide support the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards as Underwriter corporate partners.

For a full list of corporate sponsors and information on how to become a corporate sponsor, or to become a table host, purchase tickets or place a tribute journal ad, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards or call (877) 519-7904.
About GLAAD
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit http://www.glaad.org.

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Gay Man denied Passport

In Massachusetts he is married and has changed his name. Now in order to travel he must change his name back.
http://www.towleroad.com/2008/03/gay-man-denied.html

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Tennessee Equality Project Needs You!

Legislative Update 03/09/2008
Dear valerie,

When was the last time you were dissed after sharing a positive experience when volunteering for a project or event? Examples of volunteerism may be handing out flyers for an upcoming TEP event, coming to Advancing Equality Day or doing make-up for a charitable fashion show.

How in the world can someone take your very positive experience and put a bad spin on it? Some say you are bragging for your good deeds or may be just taking credit yourself for a successful project. Do not be discouraged by the naysayers! Be challenged.

TEP would not exist without you, our members. We continue to thrive through your good works both in the LGBT community as well as the communities where you reside. I encourage you to continue to volunteer your time and let other people know you are a TEP member and invite them to join you—especially those who say you are doing something for “credit” or recognition. After joining in and actually participating in a project, event or a TEP Email Blast initiative, maybe they will feel compelled to share their positive experience as well, and ask others to be a part of something rewarding.

The bottom line TEP Member is this—be a champion for the Cause! It is ok to take credit, share your good works on behalf of TEP and other personal projects. The key reason for TEP’s growing membership is the support of people like you, opening these emails each week and forwarding them to friends and family. I give you credit for that!

Now I ask this: go to TEP’s website and sign up, or renew your membership today, then send this email on and ask a couple of your friends to do the same. And finally, please go out and take credit for being a key reason why TEP is the largest membership LGBT organization in Tennessee.

All my best and breathe easy, as there is no negative legislation up for debate at the Capitol this week.

Take care,

Jenny Ford
TEP Lobbyist

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
Tell-a-friend!

info@tnep.org tnep.org 615-664-6886

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Stop the Hate

Thank you Ellen for saying what needs to be said. Everyone please watch this and the forward it to everyone you know.

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ACLU hosting panel on adoption in Tennessee

As many of you know adoption by gays and lesbians in Tennessee is is once again an issue. My God! Oh I forgot…it’s an election year…how silly of me…it’s time to scare the right-wing christian fundamentalists to the polls. “Queers! Queers! They’re everywhere! Life is going to hell in a handbasket! My God they even want to provide a home for Children! We must stop them and then take down the names of every politician that doesn’t vote with us so we can use it against them in our campaign ads.”

Come on people time to get out and get active. Tuesday night be there or be square…
http://outandaboutnewspaper.com/article.php?id=2410

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Knowledge is Power

In Nashville my access to progressive, liberal and alternative news is only the Internet & reading. AM WLAC and FM 99.7 (Both talk formats) are conservative. A few progressives get air time on low power fm or college radio. My favorite…AIR AMERICA I download from the internet the next day. I’m a day late but at least I get it. Since I’m on a farm in the country my Internet choices are slim too. Most of our neighbors here are still on dial up so downloading podcasts is not an option. I guess they could buy XM radio but I’m sure many of them have no idea what that is.

I have to work to get my information. Many people in my situation are completely in the dark…AND THEY WILL BE VOTING. Their decisions will be based on “facts” they have learned from right wing media outlets. It is up to all of us to engage them in conversations and talk about the issues. Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors. My mother used to say: “don’t talk about politics or religion.” If we follow that rule and stay silent about what we know is true in America today we will lose in the political arena and the religious right (and multi-national corporations) will gain an even firmer foot hold in our government.

I harp on the problems with our media a lot and here’s why…I don’t think we’re going to have a democracy much longer if we don’t fix it. I don’t think, as GLBT people, our chances are very good in a fascist dictatorial system. As gay people, we’re worried about issues like marriage…that might seem trivial to us if we’re worried about just being able to survive. In Iran for example gay people are executed. In Nazi germany gay people wore the pink triangle in the death camps along with the Jews. We have a pretty big interest I’d say in keeping the promise of America alive.

The foundation of a free society is information…a free press. In 2006 we ranked 53rd in the world

according to the government’s own website
In a democracy the press should operate free from governmental control. Democratic governments do not have ministries of information to regulate content of newspapers or the activities of journalists; requirements that journalists be vetted by the state; or force journalists to join government-controlled unions.”

George A. Krimsky/The Role of the Media in A Democracy said:
“A self-governing society, by definition, needs to make its own decisions. It cannot do that without hard information, leavened with an open exchange of views. Abraham Lincoln articulated this concept most succinctly when he said: “Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.”

When you hear right wingers talking about the “liberal media” I hope you read the following report. (keep in mind this is an election year) It shows you what we’re up against…the reality of the talk radio market these days. Also, when it comes to a free press I just read a few other related items:

The Air Force is blocking internet access to service people (any site that has the word “blog” in it…I guess they won’t be reading mine…) If it ain’t corporate owned mainstream media they ain’t gettin’ it. Gotta make sure the gatekeepers only give ’em what they want them to hear. Of course Rush is on armed forces radio…

In this country… 60 minutes finally picked up on the story last week about the former Governor from Alabama in Prison but when they aired the segment Sunday the Mississippi station that reaches northern alabama suddenly had “technical difficulties” and went dark ONLY during that segment.

If you want to learn more about what’s up with the U.S. media go to www.mediamatters.org
If you want to know what you can do about it go to www.freepress.org They could use whatever time or money you can offer. I did a podcast from their convention last year. There was a handful of gay people there. One afternoon session discussed GLBT people and how we’re portrayed in the media. We should have a whole contingent there this year along with representatives from GLADD and HRC. Every election year we are used as the “hot button issue” to get the religious right out to the polls. It’s time we rolled up our sleeves and flicked our boas and found our place at the table too.

here’s the report on talk radio…
As this report will document in detail, conservative talk radio undeniably dominates the format:
Our analysis in the spring of 2007 of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners reveals that 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative, and 9 percent is progressive.
Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk—10 times as much conservative
talk as progressive talk.
A separate analysis of all of the news/talk stations in the top 10 radio markets reveals that 76 percent of the programming in these markets is conservative and 24 percent is progressive, although programming is more balanced in markets such as New York and Chicago.
This dynamic is repeated over and over again no matter how the data is analyzed, whether one looks at the number of stations, number of hours, power of stations, or the number of programs. While progressive talk is making inroads on commercial stations,
conservative talk continues to be pushed out over the airwaves in greater multiples of hours than progressive talk is broadcast.
link to full report

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