This year there are 176 nominees across 30 categories. GLAAD said that the organization is bringing back an award for outstanding Broadway production in addition to expanding the outstanding kids and family programming category due to the boost in LGBTQ images in that genre.
Awards will be given out at a pair of events in New York and Los Angeles, starting with the Big Apple at the Hilton Midtown on March 19 followed by L.A. at the Beverly Hilton on 16th April. For the second ceremony, Taylor Swift and Janet Mock have already got confirmed as featured honorees.
Titles competing for awards include projects like Bombshell, Booksmart, Downton Abbey, Judy and Rocketman in wide release. While on the TV drama side, contenders include Batwoman, Billions, Euphoria, Killing Eve, The L Word: Generation Q, The Politician, Pose, Shadowhunters, Star Trek: Discovery and Supergirl. For comedy, the nominees are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dear White People, Dickinson, One Day at a Time, The Other Two, Schitt's Creek, Sex Education, Superstore, Vida and Work in Progress.
"There are more nominees for the 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards than ever before not only because LGBTQ diversity and inclusion have progressed. But because of GLAAD's work to forward LGBTQ visibility has never been more important," said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD president, and CEO. "Media stories and storylines that shed light on LGBTQ people of different backgrounds, genders, races, religions and more, are needed to counter the current politically and culturally divisive moment."
As a part of Wednesday's announcement, GLAAD will deliver a special recognition award for Netflix's Special. A short-form coming-of-age comedy series about a gay man with cerebral palsy created by and starring Ryan O'Connell. A similar prize will go to LGBTQ journalists Karen Ocamb and Mark Segal for their work.