Hp_17thma_montage_topIt should come as no surprise that the 2005 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards failed, yet again, in their mission of recognizing fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the media with the shocking absence of any substantive recognition of Black journalists and media among this year’s nominees.  Not to mention the outright snub of the Black gay series Noah’s Arc (MTV LOGO) and various films that aired on during 2005 on national television including Maurice Jamal’s Ski Trip and Debra Wilson’s Butch Mystique, which my colleague Keith Boykin explains is because of a GLAAD’s policy that bars gay networks and media outlets from being nominated.

While my colleague Keith focused on the entertainment snub of Blacks this year by the GLAAD nominations, as a journalist, I am just as disappointed with GLAAD for their snub of the Black media.

While GLAAD found the wherewithal to create an entire set of awards for Spanish language media, the Black media was hardly noticeable in their journalism nominations which include categories for Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine, Outstanding TV Journalism – News Segment, Outstanding Newspaper Article, Outstanding Newspaper Columnist, Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage, Outstanding Magazine Article, Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, or Outstanding Digital Journalism Article.

To be fair, GLAAD did throw us a few tokens that included the nominations of Black journalist Joshunda Sanders  in the category of Outstanding Magazine Article for her article “A Down Low Dirty Shame” and Bruce Dixon of the infamous blackcommentator.com for his article “The Lowdown on the Down low.” I do however, find it very troubling that the only recognition of fair, accurate and inclusive portrayals of LGBT people from Blacks in journalism is concerning the down low.  I know that the down low is not the only issue that Black journalists write about when they cover the LGBT community.

Recognition by your community is a wonderful thing.  However, both GLAAD and the NAACP Image Awards have proven time and time again that being Black and gay is a recipe for systematic exclusion. 

Maybe it’s time for us to establish our own awards.

Here’s a complete list of the 2005 GLAAD Media Award Nominations

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE

Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)
Capote (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Family Stone (20th Century Fox)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Warner Bros.)
Rent (Sony Pictures)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE

Beautiful Boxer (Regent Releasing/here! Films)
Mysterious Skin (TLA Releasing)
Saving Face (Sony Pictures Classics)
Transamerica (The Weinstein Company)
Walk On Water (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

American Experience: Kinsey (PBS)
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (HBO)
Same Sex America (Showtime)
TransGeneration (The Sundance Channel/Logo)
We Are Dad (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Commander in Chief (ABC)
The L Word (Showtime)
Queer as Folk (Showtime)
Six Feet Under (HBO)
South of Nowhere (The N)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Out of Practice (CBS)
Shameless (BBC America)
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular gay character)

"Alien" Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
"Best Friends" Cold Case (CBS)
"Pilot" My Name Is Earl (NBC)
"Someone’s in the Kitchen with Daddy" What I Like About You (The WB)
"Transitions" Without a Trace (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

The Long Firm (BBC America)
Partner(s) (Lifetime)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

The Amazing Race 7 (CBS)
America’s Next Top Model 5 (UPON)
"Boone Luffey/Gillespie" Wife Swap (ABC)
Queer Eye (Bravo)
"Straight/Gay" 30 Days (FX)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

General Hospital (ABC)
Passions (NBC)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

"Fighting for My Children" Dr. Phil (syndicated)
"Twins: Identical But Different" The Montel Williams Show (syndicated)
"When I Knew I Was Gay" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
"When Your Identical Twin Has a Sex Change" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE

"Becoming Diane" 20/20 (ABC)
"Gay Rodeo" Only In America (Discovery Times Channel)
"Lady Lions: Alleged Discrimination" Outside the Lines (ESPN)
"Lucky" Dateline NBC (NBC)
"The Mirror" Nightline (ABC)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWS SEGMENT

"Andrew Goldstein" ESPN SportsCenter (ESPN)
"Coming Out" Live From… (CNN)
"Peter Hams" ESPN SportsCenter (ESPN)
"School Outing" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
"Secret Sex Lives" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

"A House Divided" by Laura Bond (Westword)
"The New Radical" by Kim Martineau (The Hartford Courant)
"Paradise Lost" by Michelle Boorstein (The Washington Post)
"The Stewards of Gay Washington" by Anne Hull (The Washington Post)
"When an Employee Switches Gender, What’s a Company to Do?" by Stephanie Armour (USA Today)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST

Marta Donayre (El Observador)
Margery Eagan (Boston Herald)
Mark Morford (San Francisco Chronicle)
Andy Praschak (The San Juan Star)
Deb Price (The Detroit News)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE

San Francisco Chronicle
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
USA Today
The Washington Post
Wisconsin State-Journal

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE

"A Down Low Dirty Shame" by Joshunda Sanders (Bitch)
"For the Soul of the Church" by Ethan Vesely-Flad (Color Lines)
"The Gay Rodeo Rides Again" by Michael Joseph Gross (Details)
"The Murder of a Boy Named Gwen" by Bob Moser (Rolling Stone)
"What’s in a Name?" by Beth Greenfield (Time Out New York)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE

AsianWeek
Newsweek
People
Time
Time Out New York

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE

"Debajo del Arcoiris" by Emily Alpert (IntheFray.com)
"Gender Outlaws" by Emily Alpert (IntheFray.com)
"The Lowdown on the Downlow" by Bruce Dixon (BlackCommentator.com)
"Now I Get to be Like Everybody Else" by Greg Garber (ESPN.com)
"Turning Off Gays" by Mark Benjamin (Salon.com)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Antony and the Johnsons, I Am a Bird Now
Melissa Etheridge, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled
Girlyman, Little Star
Sharon Isbin, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce: Guitar Concertos
Amy Ray, Prom

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK

Gotham Central by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker (DC Comics)
Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
Top Ten: The Forty-Niners by Alan Moore (ABC Comics/Wildstorm)
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING – ELECTRONIC

"Cupid" MTVu
"Guy Watcher" Diet Pepsi
"New Boyfriend" Orbitz
"Signs" MTVu

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING – PRINT

"Partnership Registry" ABC Carpet and Home
"So What’s Cooking in the Kitchen?" GE Monogram
"There’s One." American Express

OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER

Bunbury by Tom Jacobson
I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
Porcelain by Chay Yew
A Pebble in My Shoe: The Life and Times of John Shelby Spong by Colin Cox
Pera Palas by Sinan Unel

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY & OFF – BROADWAY

Border/Clash: A Litany of Desire by Staceyann Chin
The Color Purple book by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker
Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am) by Billy Porter
Oedipus at Palm Springs by The Five Lesbian Brothers
Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF – OFF BROADWAY

Busted Jesus Comix by David Johnston
Christine Jorgensen Reveals created by Bradford Louryk
Dress Suits to Hire by Holly Hughes in collaboration with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Golden Age by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
The Lightning Field by David Ozanich

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

"First Day of My Life," Bright Eyes music video, dir. John Cameron Mitchell

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE

Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features)
Capote (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Family Stone (20th Century Fox)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Warner Bros.)
Rent (Sony Pictures)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE

Beautiful Boxer (Regent Releasing/here! Films)
Mysterious Skin (TLA Releasing)
Saving Face (Sony Pictures Classics)
Transamerica (The Weinstein Company)
Walk On Water (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

American Experience: Kinsey (PBS)
Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (HBO)
Same Sex America (Showtime)
TransGeneration (The Sundance Channel/Logo)
We Are Dad (Showtime)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Commander in Chief (ABC)
The L Word (Showtime)
Queer as Folk (Showtime)
Six Feet Under (HBO)
South of Nowhere (The N)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Out of Practice (CBS)
Shameless (BBC America)
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular gay character)

"Alien" Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
"Best Friends" Cold Case (CBS)
"Pilot" My Name Is Earl (NBC)
"Someone’s in the Kitchen with Daddy" What I Like About You (The WB)
"Transitions" Without a Trace (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

The Long Firm (BBC America)
Partner(s) (Lifetime)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

The Amazing Race 7 (CBS)
America’s Next Top Model 5 (UPON)
"Boone Luffey/Gillespie" Wife Swap (ABC)
Queer Eye (Bravo)
"Straight/Gay" 30 Days (FX)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

General Hospital (ABC)
Passions (NBC)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

"Fighting for My Children" Dr. Phil (syndicated)
"Twins: Identical But Different" The Montel Williams Show (syndicated)
"When I Knew I Was Gay" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
"When Your Identical Twin Has a Sex Change" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE

"Becoming Diane" 20/20 (ABC)
"Gay Rodeo" Only In America (Discovery Times Channel)
"Lady Lions: Alleged Discrimination" Outside the Lines (ESPN)
"Lucky" Dateline NBC (NBC)
"The Mirror" Nightline (ABC)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWS SEGMENT

"Andrew Goldstein" ESPN SportsCenter (ESPN)
"Coming Out" Live From… (CNN)
"Peter Hams" ESPN SportsCenter (ESPN)
"School Outing" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
"Secret Sex Lives" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

"A House Divided" by Laura Bond (Westword)
"The New Radical" by Kim Martineau (The Hartford Courant)
"Paradise Lost" by Michelle Boorstein (The Washington Post)
"The Stewards of Gay Washington" by Anne Hull (The Washington Post)
"When an Employee Switches Gender, What’s a Company to Do?" by Stephanie Armour (USA Today)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST

Marta Donayre (El Observador)
Margery Eagan (Boston Herald)
Mark Morford (San Francisco Chronicle)
Andy Praschak (The San Juan Star)
Deb Price (The Detroit News)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE

San Francisco Chronicle
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
USA Today
The Washington Post
Wisconsin State-Journal

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE

"A Down Low Dirty Shame" by Joshunda Sanders (Bitch)
"For the Soul of the Church" by Ethan Vesely-Flad (Color Lines)
"The Gay Rodeo Rides Again" by Michael Joseph Gross (Details)
"The Murder of a Boy Named Gwen" by Bob Moser (Rolling Stone)
"What’s in a Name?" by Beth Greenfield (Time Out New York)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE

AsianWeek
Newsweek
People
Time
Time Out New York

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE

"Debajo del Arcoiris" by Emily Alpert (IntheFray.com)
"Gender Outlaws" by Emily Alpert (IntheFray.com)
"The Lowdown on the Downlow" by Bruce Dixon (BlackCommentator.com)
"Now I Get to be Like Everybody Else" by Greg Garber (ESPN.com)
"Turning Off Gays" by Mark Benjamin (Salon.com)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Antony and the Johnsons, I Am a Bird Now
Melissa Etheridge, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled
Girlyman, Little Star
Sharon Isbin, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce: Guitar Concertos
Amy Ray, Prom

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK

Gotham Central by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker (DC Comics)
Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
Top Ten: The Forty-Niners by Alan Moore (ABC Comics/Wildstorm)
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING – ELECTRONIC

"Cupid" MTVu
"Guy Watcher" Diet Pepsi
"New Boyfriend" Orbitz
"Signs" MTVu

OUTSTANDING ADVERTISING – PRINT

"Partnership Registry" ABC Carpet and Home
"So What’s Cooking in the Kitchen?" GE Monogram
"There’s One." American Express

OUTSTANDING LOS ANGELES THEATER

Bunbury by Tom Jacobson
I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright
Porcelain by Chay Yew
A Pebble in My Shoe: The Life and Times of John Shelby Spong by Colin Cox
Pera Palas by Sinan Unel

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: BROADWAY & OFF – BROADWAY

Border/Clash: A Litany of Desire by Staceyann Chin
The Color Purple book by Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker
Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am) by Billy Porter
Oedipus at Palm Springs by The Five Lesbian Brothers
Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock

OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: OFF – OFF BROADWAY

Busted Jesus Comix by David Johnston
Christine Jorgensen Reveals created by Bradford Louryk
Dress Suits to Hire by Holly Hughes in collaboration with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Golden Age by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
The Lightning Field by David Ozanich

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

"First Day of My Life," Bright Eyes music video, dir. John Cameron Mitchell