This morning GLAAD announced their nominees for the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards and Lady Gaga is up for the award for Outstanding Music Artist. It makes a lot of sense, actually. After all, the purpose of the awards is to “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.” And who does that better than Gaga?
The singer has always advocated for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities. Her songs inspire fans to accept themselves and each other for who they are because they were born this way. Not to mention all the effort she puts into the promotion of anti-bullying, especially since the death of Jamey Rodemeyer (a teenage boy who committed suicide after being harassed about his sexuality). She even launched a Born This Way foundation, which focuses on stopping bullying, youth empowerment and equality. With all these admirable things she’s done, it’s no wonder she was nominated — she should totally win!
Additional celebs to receive nominations include TV personality Anderson Cooper and Chaz Bono, a well-known activist for the transgender community. Unsurprisingly, Glee is also in the running for an award as well and will face off against the likes of Modern Family, Happy Endings, The Big C and Exes and Ohs. The complete list of nominees may be found on the GLAAD site.
GLAAD’s acting president, Mike Thompson, released a statement about the awards, saying:
As media continue to tell new stories about LGBT people and families, a majority of Americans now support full equality of LGBT Americans. This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community. Audiences expect to see their own worlds reflected in media, and today more than ever, those include the lives of LGBT people. Viewers know that LGBT characters and stories are simply natural extensions of, and glimpses into, their own experiences from across America.”
Three ceremonies will be held to hand out awards, in New York on March 24, Los Angeles on April 21 and San Francisco on June 2.