This morning, GLAAD (the country’s LGBT media advocates) announced its annual Media Awards nominations. Each year the media organization selects what it feels are outstanding representations of LGBTQ characters, storylines and media.
This year, overall, has been a challenging one for queer women in film, and that certainly shows in the nominees. Out of the five Outstanding Feature nominees, only Tammy and Pride have lesbian/bi representation, and only in minor or supporting roles. Life Partners is the only Outstanding Limited Release to feature a lesbian lead, or any significant lesbian/bi presence at all.
Queer female characters and storylines fared much better in the television categories. Degrassi, The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Tango in Halifax, Masters of Sex, Orphan Black, Pretty Little Liars and Shameless, all shows with lesbian/bi characters, took home nominations for Outstanding Drama Series.
Lady Vastra and Jenny helped the Dr. Who episode “Deep Breath” earn an nomination for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a Series without a regular LGBT Character). Same for the adorable lesbian couple in Good Luck Charlie‘s “Down a Tree.”
This year, the Outstanding Documentary category is particularly excellent with nominations for HBO’s marriage equality doc, The Case Against 8, Showtime’s hard hitting look into the lives of southern queer women, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, MTV’s trans* youth focused Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, EPIX’s Sochi Olympics expose, To Russia With Love, and AOL Originals’ feature on punk singer, Laura Jane Grace in True Trans with Laura Jane Grace.
In the comic books category, the whimsical and empowering LumberJanes written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis, with art by Brooke Allen was recognized, along with Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe, that features the brash and endearing lesbian character Betty.
The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards events will happen on March 21st in Los Angeles, and May 9th, in NYC.