20th Annual GLAAD Noms Announced


Musicians in the
running include Sam Sparro, Magnetic Fields, Jay Brannan, k.d. lang, Hercules
and Love Affair.


By Fred Mills


“How our lives are portrayed in the media doesn’t make a bit
of difference, it makes all the difference.”


So says Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) president
Neil G. Giuliano, and in this post-Bush milieu, his words couldn’t be any
truer. It’s no coincidence that one of the finest – if not THE finest – current
films is Milk, the Harvey Milk biopic
starring Sean Penn in the title role, and since there has to be a yin for every
yang we’ve got the horrendous passing of Proposition 8 in California. Which
taken into the context of Giuliano’s comment, of course, means that we as a
nation espousing tolerance and equality still have a helluva long way to go.


This week the annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominees were
announced – “Fair. Accurate. Inclusive. And Impossibly Glam.” goes their
tagline – and just a glance at the entire list of nominees, from Outstanding
Film (Milk is there, of course, but
were you expecting Nick and Norah’s
Infinite Playlist
?) to Outstanding Drama Series (likewise, there’s The L Word, but you gotta admit
including True Blood is awfully cool,
too) to the scores of other categories in the entertainment business and
electronic/print media, is akin to viewing a microcosm of who we, as Americans,
are culturally.


The Awards ceremony will be held March 28 in New York – this will be
the 20th year GLAAD has presented its awards, and the categories
continue to expand as the organization recognizes those people and institutions
that are going above and beyond.


Big props, incidentally, to Billy Elliot: The Musical book and lyrics by Lee Hall, music by Elton John (Outstanding New York Theater:
Broadway & Off Broadway category); “Gay in Wasilla” by Julie
Bolcer, Advocate.com (Outstanding Digital Journalism Award – take THAT, Sarah
Palin); “I Don’t Judge” IKEA (Outstanding Advertising – Electronic);
and “Will You Marry Me?” Absolut Vodka (Outstanding Advertising –



Oh, and also to:



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



‘em out at their MySpace pages and hear some tunes; they’re all amazing
musicians, and we salute ‘em. This has been a public service announcement –
with rainbow-hued guitars – from BLURT.


Brannan: www.myspace.com/jaybrannan

and Love Affair: www.myspace.com/herculesandloveaffair

lang: www.myspace.com/kdlangmusic

Fields: www.myspace.com/themagneticfields

Sparro: www.myspace.com/samsparro



Check out the Hercules and Love Affair vid for “You Belong”:





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