Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bravo! to GLAAD Media Awards

The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show, CNN, My Name is Earl, and Janet Jackson--what could they all possibly have in common? Besides being popular names and faces on television, they're all--with the exception of Ms. Jackson--"glad" media award nominees. That's actually G-L-A-A-D, the acronym for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Saturday, April 26th, Bravo will tape the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Kodak Theater then broadcast it later this year. And why is this broadcast so news worthy? Because, this will be the first telecast of the event on a fully distributed national cable network.

"The GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be GLAAD’s most visible media program. This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for a national audience to learn about and celebrate the extraordinary nominees and honorees that exemplify the spirit of inclusion which we seek,” says National President, Neil G. Giuliano.

In that spirit of inclusion GLAAD created the People of Color Media Program in 2003 to ensure fair and inclusive representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual (LGBT) people of color and events in the media. And within that program exists the Communities of African Descent (COAD) and other nationalities. That is also what all the names mentioned earlier have in common--they're all COAD Media Award nominees. Visit HERE to see a complete list.

Of the COAD participants, multiple Grammy winner and Oscar nominated Janet Jackson will be honored with the prestigious Vanguard Award this year. The award is given to those who have used their work to increase the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. Celebrity Janet fan and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres will present her the award. Former COAD Media Award Recipients include Patti Labelle, Rev. Cecil Williams, Jennifer Beals, Paris Barclay, Whoopi Goldberg, and RuPaul.

Watch the video to see all the nominees of the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards airing this Saturday on Bravo.

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