GLAAD Nominates For “Outstanding Blog,” Other Things For Other Awards

Today nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Awards were announced and this year’s nominees are without a doubt the best nominees in the history of Defamation, because this year, is nominated for Outstanding Blog! As per ushe, we’re repping the lady-on-lady contingent with pride and requesting you all pray and cross your fingers for us!

Outstanding Blog Nominees – That’s us!

blac(k)ademic – Critical essays on transgender, race and intersectionality from Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler

Rod 2.0 – “Rod McCullom is a multimedia journalist who reports on politics, pop culture, race, sexuality, health and global development.”

The New Civil Rights Movement – Published regularly since November 2008, “This website is dedicated to keeping you informed of all the issues in the gay rights arena, especially marriage.

Towleroad – “Towleroad began in 2003 and is now a leading online news source offering a broad range of information on politics, pop culture, gay culture, media, entertainment, photography, fashion, technology, men, music, and travel.”

some of the ladies who make autostraddle magic happen

some of the ladies who make autostraddle magic happen

Although basically the whole world revolves around us and our nomination, there were many other humans and products and programs nominated for GLAAD Awards! We’ve listed all the english-language awards below, with our picks indicated by bold & asteriks.

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

Cloud Atlas // Warner Brothers

ParaNorman // Focus Features

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel // Fox Searchlight

Perks of Being a Wallflower // Summit**

Your Sister’s Sister // IFC FIlms

Maybe it’s sad that these are now memories. And maybe it’s not sad.

Perks of Being A Wallflower

Outstanding Film – Limited Release

Any Day Now // Music Box Films

Keep The Lights On // Music Box Films

Mosquita y Mari // Wolfe Releasing**

Musical Chairs // Paladin

North Sea Texas // Strand Releasing

Mosquita y Mari

Mosquita y Mari

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi // Teen Nick**

Grey’s Anatomy // ABC

Smash // ABC

The L.A. Complex // The CW

True Blood // HBO

Sexually Fluid Imogen, Transgender Adam, Lesbian Fiona in 'Degrassi'

Sexually Fluid Imogen, Transgender Adam, Lesbian Fiona in ‘Degrassi’

Outstanding Comedy Series

Glee // Fox

Go On // NBC

Happy Endings // ABC**

Modern Family // ABC

The New Normal // NBC

julie goldman was in happy endings for ten seconds last week!

julie goldman was in happy endings for ten seconds last week!

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series with a regular LGBT character)

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do” // Raising Hope // Fox

“Family Matters” // Drop Dead Diva // Lifetime**

“L’Affaire Du Coeur” // Franklin & Bash // TNT

“Lost and Found” // Touch // Fox

“Ruby Slippers” // The Mentalist // CBS

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series

American Horror Story: Asylum // FX**

Hit and Miss // DirecTV

Political Animals // USA


out actress Sarah Paulson on “American Horrror Story”

Outstanding Documentary

Chely Wright: Wish Me Away // First Run Features**

Codebreaker // TODpix

Hit So Hard //Variance Films

How to Survive a Plague // Sundance Selects

Vito // HBO

Outstanding Reality Program

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo // TLC

Pregnant in Heels // Bravo

Small Town Security // AMC

The Amazing Race // CBS**

The Real L Word // Showtime

Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge on "The Amazing Race"

Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge on “The Amazing Race”

Outstanding Talk Show Episode 

“At Home With Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiance David Burtka & Their Twins // Oprah’s Next Chapter // OWN

“Autoshop Restores Bullied Gay Teen’s Car For Free” // The Ellen Degeneres Show // syndicated**

“Bishop Gene Robinson” // The Daily Show // Comedy Central

“Marriage Equality” // The Suze Orman Show // CNBC

“The Husband Who Is Now a Woman and the Daughter who is Now a Son” // The Jeff Probst Show // syndicated

Outstanding Music Artist

Adam Lambert // Trespassing**

Frank Ocean // Channel Orange**

Gossip // A Joyful Noise**

Rufus Wainwright // Out of The Game

Scissor Sisters // Magic Hour

beyonce made this you guys

beyonce made this you guys

Outstanding Comic Book

Astonishing X-Men // Marjorie Liu // X-Men

Batwoman // W. Haden Blackman, J.H Williams III // DC Comics**

Buffy the Vampire Slayer // Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg // Dark Horse**

Earth 2 // James Robinson // DC Comics

Kevin Keller // Dan Parent // Archie Comics

Outstanding Daily Drama

The Bold & the Beautiful // CBS**

Days of Our Lives // NBC

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine

“Almost Equal” // Chronicle // WCVB TV-5 [Boston, Mass.]

“Being Transgender in America” // Melissa Harris-Perry // MSNBC

“End of an Error” // The Rachel Maddow Show // MSNBC**

“Golden Star” // Rock Center with Brian Williams // NBC

“The Last Closet”// Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel // HBO

From “Transgender in America”

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

“Civil Rights Icon Supports Gay Marriage” // CNN Newsroom // CNN

“Controversial Pastor Preaches Against Gays” // Anderson Cooper 360 // CNN

“Matthew Mitcham Olympics Profile” // NBC Olympics // NBC

“Obama Endorses Marriage Equality” // Good Morning America // ABC

“Scout Mom Dismissed” // MSNBC Live // MSNBC**

Outstanding Newspaper Article

Black Church Reaches Out to Gay, Transgender Teens” by Meghan E. Irons // The Boston Globe

Game Changer” by Andy Mannix // City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.]

Generation Halsted” (series) // Windy City Times [Chicago, Ill.]**

Most Local School Districts Ignore State’s Anti-Gay Bullying Law” by Phillip Zonkel // Press-Telegram [Long Beach, Calif.]

Turned Away, He Turned to the Bible” by Douglas Quenqua // The New York Times

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist

Bill Nemitz // Portland Press Herald [Portland, Maine]

Dan Rodricks // The Baltimore Sun

Eugene Robinson // The Washington Post

Frank Bruni // The New York Times

Leonard Pitts, Jr. // The Miami Herald

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage

Portland Press Herald [Portland, Maine]

Sioux City Journal

The Baltimore Sun

The Boston Globe

USA Today

Outstanding Magazine Article

“Netherland” by Rachel Aviv // The New Yorker

“School of Hate” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely // Rolling Stone**

“The First Gay President” by Andrew Sullivan // Newsweek

“The Marriage Plot: Inside This Year’s Epic Campaign for Gay Equality” by Molly Ball // The Atlantic

“The Transgender Athlete” by Pablo S. Torre and David Epstein // Sports Illustrated

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

New York**



The Advocate/Out

The New Yorker

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

“Boardroom Battle: Directors Clash Over Gay Rights” by Ryan Ruggiero //

“Eight Months in Solitary” by Andrew Harmon //

“The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition” by Andy Marra //

“Why Aren’t We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?” by Marc Lamont Hill //**

“Workplace Protections for LGBT Workers Remain Stalled” by Chris Geidner //

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia

“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: Transgender Officers on Secretly Serving in the U.S. Military” by Marc Lamont Hill //

“Athletes at Core of ‘Fearless’ Photo Project” by Patrick Dorsey and Jeff Sheng //

“Edie Takes on DOMA” In the Life //

“Gay Rights in the US, State by State” //

“The Advocate 45” (series) //

The GLAAD Award winners will be distributed and honored in three ceremonies: New York on March 16th, Los Angeles on 420, and San Francisco on May 11th. Y’all, we were nominated for a GLAAD AWARD!!


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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Okay, firstly, Cloud Atlas? Really? There are so many racial issues in that movie…goodness gracious. No.
    Also Honey Boo Boo? I mean, I love that a family such as them is very accepting of the gays, but still, I really think “Outstanding” is kinda pushing it…
    Okay. Rant over.
    Yay, Autostraddle!

    • Also, Seventeen, while being very sex-positive and providing some quality sex ed in their magazine, is pretty overly heteronormative. Occasionally they’ll mention bisexuality, but that’s about as queer as they take it.

      • Yeah, as someone who spent a lot of time reading those types of magazines as a teen, I don’t have a lot of patience for the attitude of treating lesbians/bisexuals as a Very Special Article topic but otherwise talking about their readers as though they are all interested (exclusively) in boys.

        • And it’s not even like they think you like boys a little bit…it’s like your whole goddamn life is wrapped up in the opposite sex and how to get them to look at you/text you/hold hands with you/whateverthefuck.
          It’s that whole prince charming narrative, I guess. Not my cup of tea. I thought I liked boys at least a little bit in high school, but not nearly that much. Maybe because I was a total lesbo, but also because maybe my life’s purpose is not to find all of my happiness and value in another person, and ESPECIALLY not in a man…

          • I totally second what you are saying here K! My mom used to buy me teen magazines (to discourage me from spending all of my time reading automotive magazines). Even as a young bisexual, I found the overt focus on men really messed with my head. I spent many of my teenage years trying to figure out why I didn’t feel the voracious need to be in any relationship, even aside from my confusion over why I found the girls in the magazine so much more attractive than the ubiquitous-man-with-six-pack of the month.

  2. Yay Autostraddle! Yay Perks! That movie made me bawl with its beautiful, perfectly timed musical ending.

  3. If Batwoman doesn’t win best comic I’m going to be seriously disappointed. I mean Buffy and X-Men do have gay characters in them but Batwoman is the lead of her own series and it’s the better written of all the nominees. It should really win on that alone.

  4. Yay! That’s so exciting! It’s great that you’re getting more acknowledgement for all of the awesome work you do.

    Also, Julie Goldman was also in the first episode of The New Normal. A very nice surprise when I started watching it last night! I still like Modern Family a lot better as a show, though. I haven’t seen Happy Endings.

  5. Does anyone know what Rachel Maddow’s “End of an Error” thing is? Would like to watch, but my google skills are failing me.

  6. Congratulations AutoStraddle team!!!

    May my new blog ( one day get even 1/20 of the success yours has achieved so far.

    Lots of other good nominees out there too.

    This past summer I basically lived and breathed Frank Ocean (so many words, oh so many feelings). So I’m VERY happy to see him nominated and I hope he wins. And the nomination of Mosquita y Mari makes me want to see the film even more. I cannot wait for it to be released somewhere so I can get it. Or if it could come to a theatre near me that would be even better. Then again, being that I live in the Dirty Dirty South, that latter wish is unlikely to happen.

  7. Congrats!! I have been wondering how long this would take :). I have to say, The LA Complex is an amazing and sophisticated show and I will fight you to the death in the TV series category vs Degrassi. Such a GOOD SHOW.

  8. Sorry, but did no one else notice the lady loving Lauren was receiving in the A-Camp pic?
    Coz……. That’s like, all I could think about for the rest of the article, sorry Riese.

  9. I told my gay male bestie, “Did you see that Towleroad is nominated for a GLAAD award?”
    and he responded, “Did you see that Autostraddle was?”
    it was really cute.

  10. I’m so happy for everyone! This past year was amazing for autostraddle and I think things will just get better. :)

    I have to say I was a little wtf about some of these though. No Pretty Little Liars? Paige’s storyline was one of the best ever for any show that’s not on pay cable in this country. How could they ignore it and put Glee of all things on there?! Or Smash and L.A. Complex. What? And Sister’s Sister is a pretty strange choice too. It has one character who calls herself a lesbian but we never see her in a relationship or even interacting with another queer woman. All we do see is her stealing a guy’s sperm. That’s great representation how, exactly?

  11. I am happy the LA Complex has even been NOTICED. First, its the creators of Degrassi, so its basically all the stuff that they can’t air on television for kids- its racy, witty and risky. This show, like Degrassi, treats queerness with a “so what” and a N.B.D. (sort of like the end of the Carly Rae Jepson video, if you catch my drift). The LA Complex features many lesbian/queer plot twists, as well as same sex couples making out at parties in the background and its treated as a non-issue. Girls hook up with girls and don’t have identity crisis about it. I have to also argue its actually really well written and features a ton of diversity, but with with a shitty time slot nobody ever will watch a little show about Canadian illegals living in Los Angeles, because its target demographic is basically… well, me.

    Also, congrats AutoStraddle! Good stuff! We wouldn’t expect anything less.

  12. I had a dream last night of the opening fire of A-Camp 3.0. Riese just walks out and raises the GLADD award above her head triumphantly and 400 queers loose their minds.

  13. Outstanding Reality Program:
    – The Amazing Race (just above The Real L Word in the list).


  14. Well deserved.Autostraddle does an amazing job bringing its readers news about real queer women, not pretend ones.That makes it authentic and believable. Other blogs spend precious time pontificating on individuals who have nothing whatsoever to do with the LGBTQ community such that at times one tends to forget that they are supposed to be queer-centric blogs. It’s frustrating!

    Autostraddle reports on women who are actually lesbian, bi, trans.It can pick an ordinary Jane Public off the street and make her a calendar girl, a feature/guest writer, a straddler on the street, an NSFW feature etc. That’s powerful visibility. I cannot begin to tell you how tired I am of reading countless articles about women who are not even gay because somebody has a crush on them.That does not happen on AS.

    Thanks for keeping it real and showing your readers that they need not hide the fact that they are butch, bois, ultra-feminine, ultra-queer,indescribable. That we don’t all need to subscribe to a certain image in order to please advertisers/funders/sponsors.
    You do You!!

    • thank you! (“fawning over straight actresses who play queer characters” is on the list of “people/things we will never talk about” in our style manual)

      • Thank goodness for that.Crushing on straight girls sucks enough in real life without having to do it on supposedly lesbian blogs too.

  15. I know it’s coming across pretty serious and heavy-handed, but when I think of all the months I spent believing that Hope Solo was one of us because of being blindsided by somebody’s ‘arm porn’ I still want to kick myself.

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