GLAAD Media Awards nominations reflect a bright future for trans representation


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The 2022 GLAAD Media Award Nominations have been announced.

Nominations for the awards included 246 people across 30 different categories. 

This year marks the 33rd year for the awards ceremony with a diverse range of nominees.

Pose, Sex Education and West Side Story up for awards.

Created as a protest to the lack of inclusion for the LGBTQIA+ community in mainstream awards the GLAAD awards have blossomed into their own.

Their website details their intention to reflect fair, accurate and inclusive representation.

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

2022 has proven that the organisation has continued to evolve and further recognise the community.

Increased numbers of trans nominees and people have colour have seen one of the most diverse and celebrated list of nominees.

Thirty programs were reflected in the Outstanding, Comedy, Drama & new series, with 18 of these featuring trans characters.

While nominations for Lil Nas X, Eternals, West Side Story and Pose also signalled the large inclusion of people of colour in the nominations.

“Nominees at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards centred transgender people and issues in timely, nuanced, and empowering ways.”

Trans and Non-Binary characters were reflected in the nominations across many of the categories.

In a statement on their Website GLAAD celebrated the inclusive list.

“During a year when anti-transgender violence rose and lawmakers across the U.S. introduced an unprecedented number of bills attempting to stop transgender youth from participating in sports and accessing gender-affirming healthcare, many of the nominees at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards centred transgender people and issues in timely, nuanced, and empowering ways.”

West Side Story was recognised for its inclusion of trans non0binary actor Iris Menas.

Sort Of , With Love, Y: The Last Man, 4400 and The Sex Lives of College Girls were all recognised for their role in including trans and non-binary characters.

HBO Max is home to Sort Of which stars trans non-binary actor Bilal Baig who plays Sabi Mehboob.

Sabi is “a first-generation Pakistani-Canadian figuring out how to balance life as a bartender and caretaker.”

For the full list of the 2022 GLAAD award nominees head to https://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/33/nominees

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