GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy organization, holds its first awards ceremony of the year April 12 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, with a May 3 awards ceremony to take place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
The Los Angeles Awards honor transgender actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox ("Orange Is the New Black") with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to be presented by Academy Award nominee Ellen Page. Jennifer Lopez receives the Vanguard Award at the event.
It was previously reported that for the first time in over 19 years, GLAAD will not bestow awards in the categories of Outstanding New York Theater – Broadway & Off-Broadway or Outstanding New York Theater – Off-Off Broadway. The category of Outstanding Los Angeles Theater has also been dropped.
The eliminations follow a strong year for powerful LGBT theatre on the New York stage, which boasted such works as the inclusive Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots; Douglas Carter Beane's historical gay Broadway outing The Nance, starring Nathan Lane; the landmark Off-Broadway musical Fun Home, based on the graphic memoir of lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel; the Billie Jean King drama She Is King; Jonathan Tolins' Buyer and Cellar; the LCT3 premiere of A Kid Like Jake; and the Off-Broadway return of the coming-of-age rock musical Bare.
Representatives for the organization stated that the categories were eliminated due to a smaller staff working on the awards and the organization's LGBT advocacy work. The organization continues to host LGBT-friendly theatre listings on its website. Productions that have earned GLAAD's theatrical honors in the past have included Rent (1997); Love! Valour! Compassion! (1995); Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (1998); The Invention of Love (2002); I Am My Own Wife (2004); The Normal Heart (2005); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2003); Corpus Christie (2003); Zanna, Don't! (2003); The Little Dog Laughed (2007); A Boy and His Soul (2010); The Pride (2011); The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide (2012); Southern Comfort (2012) and Bring It On (2013).
The 25th annual GLAAD nominees were published, released or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.
"Since its inception 25 years ago, the GLAAD Media Awards have reshaped the news and entertainment industries, inspiring thoughtful and inclusive characters and plotlines that have driven equality forward," said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. "This year has brought momentous progress for LGBT people and families - and our nominees have created images and stories that continue to challenge misconceptions, shatter stereotypes, and change hearts and minds of millions all across the globe."
Highlights of the 2014 GLAAD Media Award nominations follow:
OUTSTANDING FILM - WIDE RELEASE
"Blue Is the Warmest Color" (Sundance Selects)
"Dallas Buyers Club" (Focus Features)
"Kill Your Darlings" (Sony Pictures Classics)
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
"Philomena" (The Weinstein Company)
OUTSTANDING FILM - LIMITED RELEASE
"Concussion" (RADiUS-The Weinstein Company)
"Geography Club" (Breaking Glass Pictures)
"Out in the Dark" (Breaking Glass Pictures)
"Reaching for the Moon" (Wolfe Releasing)
"Yossi" (Strand Releasing)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
"The Fosters" (ABC Family)
"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
"Orphan Black" (BBC America)
"Pretty Little Liars" (ABC Family)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
"Please Like Me" (Pivot)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE
(in a series without a regular LGBT character)
"Bride and Prejudice" "The Soul Man" (TV Land)
"LARP and the Real Girl" "Supernatural" (The CW)
"Secret Lives" "Drop Dead Diva" (Lifetime)
"Snow Angels" "Elementary" (CBS)
"There's the Door" "Necessary Roughness" (USA Network)
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
"Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
"In the Flesh (BBC America)
"Bridegroom" (Virgil Films / OWN)
"Call Me Kuchu" (Cinedigm)
"God Loves Uganda" (Variance Films)
"The New Black" (Promised Land Films)
"Valentine Road" (HBO)
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
"Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" (Fuse)
"Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual" (WE tv)
"Dream School" (Sundance Channel)
"Project Runway" (Lifetime)
"Small Town Security" (AMC)
OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Elton John, The Diving Board (Capitol Records)
Goldfrapp, Tales of Us (Mute)
Lady Gaga, ARTPOP (Interscope Records)
Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob (Warner Bros. Records)
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (XL Recordings)