WOW! Transamerican Love Story has been nominated for the “Outstanding Reality Program” award by the GLAAD Media Awards! The press release is below. Here’s my nomination-acceptance speech: Thank you World of Wonder, LOGO, Andrea and the guys of the show!

More info as it comes in…

Hello!

We are pleased to inform you that the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees have been announced, and Transamerican Love Story has been nominated for Outstanding Reality Program!

The official press release, listing all the nominees, is included below. The GLAAD Media Awards 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.

For Immediate Release

GLAAD ANNOUNCES NOMINEES, SPECIAL HONOREES FOR
20TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS PRESENTED BY IBM

Milk, True Blood, Torchwood, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, Ghost Whisperer, Freeheld, Transamerican Love Story,
The Early Show,
GQ, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Kenneth Cole,
Aquí y Ahora
Among Nominees

Tyra Banks, Suze Orman to be Honored in New York


Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 27, 2009
– The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today the nominees and honorees for its 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by IBM. Among the nominees: Gus Van Sant’s Academy Award-nominated film Milk, Woody Allen’s Academy Award-nominated film Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Patrik-Ian Polk’s big-screen adaptation of his hit sitcom Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, BBC America’s hit shows Torchwood and Skins, HBO’s vampire drama True Blood, the episodes “Ghostfacers” from Supernatural and “Slam” from Ghost Whisperer, Logo reality shows Shirts & Skins and Transamerican Love Story, MSNBC programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and Spanish-language nominees Aquí y Ahora, Ventaneando América, Noticiero Telemundo, Hoy and Paparazzi TV.

“The 20th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how media representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have evolved over the past two decades, clearly helping shape and evolve people’s hearts and minds about LGBT people” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “GLAAD‘s media advocacy and anti-defamation work as a resource for media professionals, combined with enabling LGBT people and allies to be compelling storytellers, has played a significant role in stories about our lives achieving greater visibility and being more compelling, honest, and real than ever before. We are proud to recognize all of this year’s GLAAD Media Awards nominees.”

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 28, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE; and in San Francisco on May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco.

GLAAD also announced the Special Honorees for the New York ceremony: Tyra Banks will receive the Excellence in Media Award and Suze Orman will receive the Vito Russo Award. Information about both honorees is included below. Special Honorees for Los Angeles and San Francisco will be announced at a later date.

“Tyra Banks and Suze Orman have used their positions of power within the media to become strong advocates on behalf of the LGBT community,” Giuliano said. “They are changing hearts and minds, opening people’s eyes to our common humanity, and it is our privilege to honor them.”

In addition to 125 nominees in 26 English-language categories, and 60 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories, GLAAD also announced that it would present Special Recognition awards to The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later – The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard, a two-hour documentary broadcast on Sirius XM Radio; and to Lucía Méndez, an actress and singer who campaigned to bring awareness to the issue of LGBT teen suicide.

In the competitive categories, broadcast networks and cable networks each garnered 22 nominations. Among the broadcast networks, ABC came away with six nominees, while Logo led cable networks with five nominations.

Additional facts about this year’s 185 nominees are available at: http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. A complete list of GLAAD Media Awards nominees and descriptions of the New York Special Honorees follows.

The 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Nearly 1,000 media projects were considered by over 75 volunteers serving on seven nominating juries. This year, more than 5,000 people will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, raising more than $3.5 million for the organization’s work.

More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting corporate partner IBM, New York Presenting corporate partner Prudential, and Los Angeles Presenting corporate partner ABSOLUT ¬Ã† VODKA. GLAAD is also grateful to the event’s Platinum Underwriters; Anheuser-Busch, Inc./Bud Light and the University of Phoenix. Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, Disney-ABC Television Group, HMS Media, MillerCoors, New York City Marriott & Renaissance Hotels, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Time Warner, and Wyndham Worldwide support the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards as Underwriter corporate partners.

For a full list of corporate sponsors and information on how to become a corporate sponsor, or to become a table host, purchase tickets or place a tribute journal ad, please visit http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards or call (877) 519-7904.

About GLAAD
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit http://www.glaad.org

See attachments:
1) List of nominees
2) Bios of Special Honorees

20TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS NOMINEES


OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Brideshead Revisited (Miramax Films)
Milk (Focus Features)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Columbia Pictures)
RocknRolla (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (The Weinstein Company)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
The Edge of Heaven (Strand Releasing)
Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom (New Open Door Productions)
Save Me (First Run Features)
Shelter (Regent Releasing)
XXY (Film Movement)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
The L Word (Showtime)
South of Nowhere (The N)
Torchwood (BBC America)
True Blood (HBO)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Greek (ABC Family)
Reaper (The CW)
Skins (BBC America)
Ugly Betty (ABC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Ghostfacers” Supernatural (The CW)
“My Maharishi is Bigger than Your Maharishi” Life on Mars (ABC)
“Slam” Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
“Tandem Repeats” ER (NBC)
“Unidentified Funk” The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
Affinity (Logo)
East Side Story (Logo)
Ice Blues: A Donald Strachey Mystery (here!)
Oh Happy Day (Logo)
On the Other Hand, Death: A Donald Strachey Mystery (here!)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Chris & Don: A Love Story (Zeitgeist Films)
Freeheld (Cinemax)
A Jihad for Love (First Run Features)
Saving Marriage (Regent Releasing)
Sex Change Hospital (WE tv)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
I Want to Work for Diddy (VH1)
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)
Shirts & Skins (Logo)
Transamerican Love Story (Logo)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
All My Children (ABC)
As the World Turns (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Don’t Ruin My Gay Wedding” The Tyra Banks Show (syndicated)
“Ellen & Portia’s Wedding Day” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Gays in the Ghetto” The Tyra Banks Show (syndicated)
“The Pregnant Man” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
“Transgender Triumphs” The Tyra Banks Show (syndicated)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Becoming” (multi-part series) Channel 3 News (WCAX-TV3 [Burlington, Vt.])
Born in the Wrong Body: All in the Family (MSNBC)
“Funding the Marriage War” In the Life (PBS)
“George Takei and Brad Altman” (multi-part series) The Early Show (CBS)
“The Whispers” Outside the Lines (ESPN)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Bishop in the Eye of the Storm” Today (NBC)
“Gay in Cuba” The Situation Room (CNN)
“Special Comment: Prop 8” Countdown with Keith Olbermann (MSNBC)
“Rick Warren: Change to Believe In?” The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
“Taking to the Streets” Good Morning America Weekend (ABC)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Gay Marriage Ruling Ended Long Journey Of Soul” by Alaine Griffin
(The Hartford Courant)
“Morehouse College Faces its Own Bias – Against Gays” by Richard Fausset
(Los Angeles Times)
“A New Wave of Gay Seminarians Prepares to Take the Pulpit” by Bradley Campbell
(City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.])
“Owning His Gay Identity – at 15 Years Old” by Theresa Vargas (The Washington Post)
“Special Report: In Transition” by Karen Lovett and Ashley Smith (The Telegraph [Nashua, N.H.])

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST
Alfred Doblin (The Record [Bergen, N.J.])
Michael Mayo (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
Leonard Pitts, Jr. (The Miami Herald)
Deb Price (The Detroit News)
Rebecca Walsh (Salt Lake Tribune)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE
The Denver Post
The Des Moines Register
Los Angeles Times
The New York Times
The Washington Post

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“Becoming a Black Man” by Daisy Hern√ °ndez (ColorLines)
“Death on Terminal Island” by Ben Ehrenreich (Los Angeles)
“Let God Love Gene Robinson” by Andrew Corsello (GQ)
“Our Mutual Joy” by Lisa Miller (Newsweek)
“Second Nature” by Maximillian Potter (5280)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Entertainment Weekly
Newsweek
People

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Do Kill” by Lennox Samuels (Newsweek.com)
“Gay Athletes are Making Their Mark” by LZ Granderson (ESPN.com)
“Gay in Wasilla” by Julie Bolcer (Advocate.com)
“Gays in Primetime” by James Hillis (AfterElton.com)
“Invisible and Overlooked” by Jessica Bennett (Newsweek.com)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Excluded Gay Bishop Reacts” by Mary Jordan (WashingtonPost.com)
“Gay Seniors” (multi-part series) by Jessica Bennet, Jennifer Molina and Carl Sullivan (Newsweek.com)
“Is Gay the New Black?” by Jessica Bennet and Jennifer Molina (Newsweek.com)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Jay Brannan, goddamned
Hercules & Love Affair, Hercules & Love Affair
k.d. lang, Watershed
The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
Sam Sparro, Sam Sparro

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Final Crisis: Revelations by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
Secret Six by Gail Simone (DC Comics)
Young Avengers Presents by Ed Brubaker, Brian Reed, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Paul Cornell, Kevin Grevioux and Matt Fraction (Marvel Comics)

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING – ELECTRONIC
“I Don’t Judge” IKEA
“Logo Unbuttoned” Levi’s
“Market” Chemistry.com
“We All Walk In Different Shoes – Nina Poon” Kenneth Cole
“Rugby Drinking Party” Jawbone

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING – PRINT
“First Comes Love. Then Comes Marriage.” Macy’s
“Home for the Holidays” Swanson
“Rings” Paris Las Vegas
“We All Walk In Different Shoes – Nina Poon & Robert Jason” Kenneth Cole
“Will You Marry Me?” Absolut Vodka

OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER
As Much As You Can by Paul Oakley Stovall
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal
He Asked for It by Erik Patterson
The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane
Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY & OFF–BROADWAY
Billy Elliot: The Musical book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John
Body Awareness by Annie Baker
Prayer for My Enemy by Craig Lucas
Road Show book by John Weidman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Wig Out! by Tarell Alvin McCraney

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF–OFF BROADWAY
Arias with a Twist
by Joey Arias and Basil Twist
The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac by Taylor Mac
Dina Martina: Off the Charts! by Grady West
Lustre, a Midwinter Trans-Fest by Justin Bond
Play it Cool book by Martin Casella and Larry Dean Harris, music by Phillip Swann, lyrics by Mark Winkler

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later – The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard (Sirius XM Radio)

20TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS
SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES


OUTSTANDING NOVELA
Alma de Hierro (Telefutura)
Yo Amo a Juan Querendón (Univision)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Capadocia (HBO Latino)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“La crísis de los cuarenta” Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real (Univision)
“Duerme, mi bien” Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real (Univision)
“La misión de Brenda” Lo Que Callamos las Mujeres (Azteca América)
“Prefiero una mentira” Lo Que Callamos las Mujeres (Azteca América)

OUTSTANDING DAYTIME TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Amor de tres” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
“El error de mi hijo ha destruido mi familia” Casos de Familia (Univision)
“Juntos hasta el final” Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
“Mi hijo no merece ser rechazado por su enfermedad” Casos de Familia (Univision)
“Mujer transgénero” Quién Tiene la Razón (Univision)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW INTERVIEW
“Chessyca Gómez: entrevista con mujer transgénero” S√ °bado Gigante (Univision)
“Comentan sobre la Resolución 99” A Calzón Quitao con Ruben S√ °nchez (WAPA América)
“Dan Guerrero: Gaytino” Al Punto (Univision)
“Entrevista con Irina Echeverria Layevska: una mujer transgénero con discapacidad” Programa de Cristina Aristegui (CNN en Español)
“La primera boda de pareja de transexuales” Don Francisco Presenta (Univision)

OUTSTANDING CELEBRITY NEWS SEGMENT
“Angélica Vale y su campaña contra la homofobia en la comunidad latina” El Gordo y La Flaca (Univision)
“Lucía Méndez” Paparazzi TV (Mega TV)
“Lucía Méndez fue nombrada vocera de la comunidad gay latina en EE.UU.” Ventaneando América (Azteca América)
“Lucía Méndez prepara espect√ °culo para la comunidad gay” Esc√ °ndalo TV (Telefutura)
“La Proposición 8” Paparazzi TV (Mega TV)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“En el cuerpo equivocado” Primer Impacto (Univision)
“A juzgar por las apariencias” y “En otro cuerpo” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)
“Primer matrimonio de transexuales en México” ¬ °Despierta América! (Univision)
“El reto de ser diferente” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)
“Rompiendo tab√∫es” Cada Día (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Aprenden a manejar homofobia contra hijos homosexuales” Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
“Bodas históricas” Noticiero Nacional Azteca América (Azteca América)
“California votar√ ° por propuesta en contra de matrimonios entre homosexuales” EE.UU. Voto 2008 (CNN en Español)
“Drama de jóvenes hispanos gay: Rechazados por ser gay” Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo)
“Él ó ella?” Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Confesiones de padre: Hombres gay revelan su orientación a sus hijos” by Lucero Amador Miranda (La Opinión [Los Ángeles])
“Eric y Juan, una historia de amor” by Andrea Carrión (Hoy [Los Ángeles])
“Jóvenes en riesgo del abandono” by Daniel Shoer Roth (El Nuevo Herald [Miami])
“Madre sólo hay dos” by Don Juan Corzo (Semana News [Houston])
“Parejas homosexuales latinas est√ °n felices por matrimonio gay” by E.J.T√ °mara (The Associated Press)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST
Adría Cruz (Primera Hora [San Juan, Puerto Rico])
Roberto Hern√ °ndez (Alianza Metropolitan News – San José [San José, CA])
María Antonieta Mejía (El Mensajero [San Francisco, CA])
Mayra Montero (El Nuevo Día [San Juan, Puerto Rico])
Daniel Shoer Roth (El Nuevo Herald [Miami])

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE
Hoy [Los Ángeles]
El Mensajero [San Francisco]
El Nuevo Día [San Juan, Puerto Rico]
El Nuevo Herald [Miami]
La Opinión [Los Ángeles]

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“Contra viento y marea” by Isis Sauceda and Judith Torrea (People en Español)
“El hombre embarazado” by Alex Tresniowski (People en Español)
“Te presentamos a la primera pareja de transexuales que se casa en México, ¬ °donde el novio era mujer…y la novia, hombre!” by Gerardo Berrera (TV Notas USA)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
People en Español
TV Notas USA
TV y Novelas USA

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“Cuba discutir√ ° derechos gay” by Fernando Ravsberg (BBCMundo.com)
“Estrellas votan “no” a prohibición de uniones civiles gay” by Judíth Torrea (PeopleenEspañol.com)
“El rostro oculto del SIDA” by David Rafael Estrada Correa (Terra.com)
“Las víctimas olvidadas” by Sergio Correa (BBCMundo.com)
“Yasmín Gonz√ °lez” by Herb Sosa (Ambiente.us)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Giovanni Falchetti, Junto a tí
Mana, Arde el cielo

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Luc√≠a Méndez

20th ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS
SPECIAL HONOREES IN NEW YORK


Tyra Banks
Excellence in Media Award

Since establishing her celebrated modeling career in the 1990’s, Tyra Banks has become an international media icon. A trailblazer from the start, she has broken down barriers in modeling and entertainment media. In the fashion industry, Banks became the first African American model to grace the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, following these achievements with a Michael Award for “Supermodel of the Year,” the modeling industry equivalent of the Oscar. After an illustrious modeling career, Banks moved onto television – creating, executive producing and hosting the tremendously successful reality show America’s Next Top Model. She also produces and hosts her own Emmy Award-winning talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, which has received seven GLAAD Media Award nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Episode. In spring 2008, Banks appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in a piece titled “Martha, Oprah, Tyra; Is She the Next Big Female Branded Self?” and Entertainment Weekly featured her on the cover saying “America’s Next Top Mogul.” In the same year, she was honored in Hollywood Reporter’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment,” Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Smartest in Television,” Glamour magazine’s coveted “Women of the Year,” and came in at #1 on Forbes “Primetime TV’s Top Earning Women” report.

As a long-time ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Banks has shown a strong commitment to educating the public about the lives of gay and transgender people. She has consistently featured LGBT people on her talk show, and continues to increase the visibility of the community through the diversity of her co-hosts and contestants on America’s Next Top Model, including her inclusion of Isis King, the show’s first transgender contestant, on the most recent cycle.

The Excellence in Media Award is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Past recipients include Billy Crystal, Julianne Moore, Diane Sawyer, Glenn Close, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Redgrave, and Phil Donahue.

Suze Orman
Vito Russo Award
Suze Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance and has been called a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” and “a force in the world of personal finance” by USA Today. A six-time New York Times bestselling author, Orman has written numerous popular titles, including: Women & Money; The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke; The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life; The Road to Wealth; The Courage to Be Rich; The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom; and the newly released Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan. As a writer/producer, she has created and hosted six PBS specials for which she won two Daytime Emmy Awards. Orman also hosts an extremely popular and award-winning talk show, The Suze Orman Show on CNBC, and is a contributing editor to O at Home and O, The Oprah Magazine. Last year alone, Orman received the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award, the Amelia Earhart Award, and was named to Time Magazine’s TIME 100. Throughout her impressive career, Orman has raised the profile of LGBT Americans by using her position in the public eye to convey that financial planning is a concern for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Vito Russo Award is named after a founding member of GLAAD and the author of The Celluloid Closet. The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include Rosie O’Donnell, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Elton John, Liz Smith, k.d. lang, David LaChapelle, Brian Graden, and Tom Ford.

About GLAAD
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit http://www.glaad.org

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