GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has announced its nominees for their 20th Annual Media Awards, which is presented by IBM with Absolut Vodka and Prudential Insurance & Investment Co. along with 10 underwriters and 28 patronages by different corporations, in three tour locations: New York on the 28th of March; Los Angeles on the 18th of April; and San Francisco on the 9th of May. Some of these Awards in 43 different categories (26 English; 17 Spanish) will be handed out at each of the three events, others will be given an honorable salute in the program for the night.
También hay una lista de los nominados para la televisión, teatro, y cine en español categorías.
EdNt: If I screwed that translation up, sorry! It has been a long while since I have written the language.
My only query is that, If GLAAD is already hosting three events and two are on either coast, why can't the third or a fourth one be held in the middle of America? This is where the defamation and discrimination that your organization is petitioning against is going on more rampantly and silently.
It seems minor hypocritical, in my opinion, that you would not want to reach out to us "common queer folk" and let us "take in a bit of celebrity and style" or better yet come see the lives of the people your Award Nominees portray, and your organization defends. Plus it would be a perfect opportunity for us to show you big city types a bit of country queer hospitality. I'm just asserting that it is something GLAAD should think about doing so in the future. Who knows by spreading it truly across the Country, you might actually be able to present all 43 categories in the future, because our venues don't cost as much to rent by the hour and you don't have to valet!
Fort Wayne is the best place to explore Our Communities dreams for the present and future. This City would be the perfect place to hold your next award show. We have several major venues The Grand Wayne Center, The Memorial Coliseum and Expo Center, that have the room to serve the crowd demands for all of your guests and visitors.
Our beautiful city is split across by three wonderfully historic rivers, deep with mixed multiple ethnic and national cultures, and a community that truly cares about GLBT issues, and the success of all individuals. We have over 14 different GLBT Organizations serving a metro area population of 300 thousand. We have a Non Discrimination Ordinance for GLBT persons, on the books since 2003. We are two and a half hours away from INDY and CHICAGO. Our International Airport is one of the few that can and has landed Air Force One.
Come visit Fort Wayne and see what we can offer your next Award Show. Just click the above photo.
UPDATE ==> TOWLE ROAD & THE EDGE OF NEW ENGLAND: GLAAD'S PRESIDENT RESIGNS:
I don't know which has worse form and suffers lack of presentation, FAUX NEWS on a usual basis, or the fact that NOT MORE THAN A DAY HAS PASSED since GLAAD announced its nominees for their 20th Annual Media Award, and the President of GLAAD announced his resignation?
I have informed the national board of directors of my decision to step down as president later this year and look forward to a successful and smooth transition of leadership for GLAAD. It's been an honor and privilege to work professionally in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality for the last three and a half years. The views of the American people on LGBT issues are clearly moving in the right direction, toward supporting full equality, and it has been a great experience to serve on the front lines, leading an amazing organization at such a historical time in the movement.
(Source Andy @ Towle Road)
(Photo The Arizona Republic)
I am probably the only one whom smells a rat in the chicken coop. First GLAAD does a "controlled power grab" of Commercial Closet, which forced the cancellation of their last Awards Show, and now we are asked to not think or see this as a duck and cover move or a power grab? That it isn't just bad form just piss poor timing! Is there a worse way to say, "have confidence in this organization" then by having your President resign the day after a major events announcement? Steve Weinstein, Editor-in-Chief of The Edge of New England has more about this story here:
Neil Giuliano, the president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), is resigning "to pursue personal interests while completing his forthcoming book about his public and political life," according to a release from the advocacy organization. Giuliano, president since September 2005, will continue until a date to be announced later this year. Prior to GLAAD, he served for ten years as the mayor of Tempe, Ariz., after 25 years at Arizona State University.One side note, Jay Brannan is a nominee in the Out Standing Music Artist category for Goddamned!, yeah!
"It’s been an honor and privilege to work professionally in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality," Giuliano said in a statement. "The views of the American people on LGBT issues are clearly moving in the right direction, toward supporting full equality, and it has been a great experience to serve on the front lines." Under Giuliano’s leadership, GLAAD’s budget has grown from $7.5M to $11M. GLAAD’s mission is a national voice against defamation of gay people and media outreach programs. GLAAD also acquired Queer Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and will launch an advertising media program later in 2009 with the assets of the former Commercial Closet Association, which merged with GLAAD.
"He will leave GLAAD a better and more effective organization than when he arrived and we appreciate his years of dedication and service," said Yvette Burton, co-chair of GLAAD’s Board of Directors. The board is searching for a replacement.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
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LAZY MUNCIE, (February 2006) via Butter TV,
performed by Chris Cox and Kirby Heyborne