GLAAD has announced the nominations for its 2011 Media Awards, which honor excellence in a broad range of LGBT-related media, including movies, television, theater, newspapers, magazines, and digital journalism. A first-time category this year is Outstanding Blog, for which this here website thingy is nominated! My co-nominees are Bilerico Project, Blabbeando, Pam’s House Blend, and Rod 2.0. All pals of mine! Below is GLAAD’s highlight reel for this year’s nominees in television and film. Click over for the complete listing of nominees in all categories.
We’ve long said that basic respect and decent treatment aren’t concepts towards which we as a society can or should just “agree to disagree.” And we’ve long been annoyed with the way the mainstream media likes to present human beings’ lives, loves, and intrinsic worth as a two-sided, “Crossfire”-style debate (especially when they feature figures like Peter “let’s export and/or criminalize gays” Sprigg, as CNN recently did). Because obviously, a conversation regarding who is and is not supposedly acceptable within our shared spectrum of normalcy is one that transcends politics. Those who castigate LGBT people for virtues no greater than sexual orientation and gender identity are not simply bringing forth a “different viewpoint” — they are working to “cure” what is not broken.
Now, we’re happy to say that GLAAD is turning that notion into a national campaign:
Hey porn lovers! The Adult Video Network just named its nominees for Best Transsexual Performer. And though I prefer gay porn, the AVN Awards are like the porn Oscars and so I had to take a look. Most of the movie titles had words like "tranny" and "she-male" which made me wonder, Why is GLAAD not all over the trans-porn industry?
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, with president Jarrett
Barrios (pictured), celebrated its quarter-century birthday at a
star-studded Los Angeles party on Friday evening. Advocate.com: Daily News
The other day we brought attention to a homophic rant by Dallas radio host Chris Krok of KLIF 570 AM, who ridiculed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns’ recent “It Gets Better” speech. According to a report from GLAAD on Monday, Krok has been disciplined for the rant, and the station is working toward an on-air apology:
On behalf of Joel and the many others whose life stories intersect with his, GLAAD made a phone call this afternoon to Jeff Catlin, the operations manager for Cumulus Media Dallas, KLIF’s parent company. The conversation was a productive one; Catlin both understands and shares our concern. As the person who oversees KLIF, Catlin acknowledged that he has the “responsibility to be responsible” for what airs on the station.
Without going into detail, Catlin said that he spoke with Krok and that he was disciplined shortly after the segment aired. He also pointed out that Krok has not spoken about this since then.
After speaking with GLAAD, Catlin also realizes the need to issue some sort of on-air apology. He wants Krok (who’s out of the office until tomorrow) to be “part of the solution.” To that end GLAAD, Catlin and Krok will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss what such a solution will look like. We’ll be certain to let you know in advance so you can be sure to tune-in.