A somber Tracy Morgan appeared at a brief press conference in Nashville today, which was organized by GLAAD. It took place shortly after the actor met with local gay activists, including Kevin Rogers, whose Facebook account of Morgan’s Nashville standup act featuring anti-gay jokes created a media firestorm 10 days ago. Here is an excerpt from Morgan’s statement: “I want to apologize to my friends, and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who were offended with this. I didn’t mean it. … I don’t have a hateful bone in my body. I don’t believe that anyone should be bullied or just made to feel bad about who they are. I totally feel that, in my heart, I really don’t care who you love, same-sex or not, as long as you have the ability to love. … To err is human, to forgive is divine. … Thank you everybody for forgiving me.” Here’s the video:
Los Angeles, Thursday, January 20, 2011 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced today the nominees for its 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to Americans.
Nominees include Glee, True Blood, Modern Family, The Kids Are All Right, Project Runway, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Burlesque. The Awards will be held in New York City on March 19 and in San Francisco on May 9. Los Angeles details to be announced:
22nd ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS NOMINEES
OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Burlesque (Screen Gems)
Easy A (Screen Gems)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Music Box Films)
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal Pictures)
OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
Howl (Oscilloscope Pictures)
I Love You Phillip Morris (Roadside Attractions)
La Mission (Screen Media Ventures)
Patrik, Age 1.5 (Regent Releasing)
Undertow (Wolfe Releasing)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
True Blood (HBO)
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
GREEK (ABC Family)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
United States of Tara (Showtime)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Escape the Castle” Bored to Death (HBO)
“Innocence” Law & Order (NBC)
“Klaus & Greta” 30 Rock (NBC)
“Queen of Mean” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
“Samaritan” Law & Order: UK (BBC America)
8: The Mormon Proposition (Red Flag Releasing)
Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Sundance Channel)
Prodigal Sons (First Run Features)
“Sylvester” UnSung (TV One)
Out. The Glenn Burke Story (Comcast SportsNet Bay Area)
OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green)
Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (Sundance Channel)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
Top Chef: Just Desserts (Bravo)
TRANSform Me (VH1)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Constance McMillen” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Neil Patrick Harris” The Talk (CBS)
“Rebuilding Home After Tragedy: The Seth Walsh Story” The Nate Berkus Show (syndicated)
“Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
“Transgender Kids: Too Young to Decide?” The Dr. Oz Show (syndicated)
OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Allie, Brad Meltzer,
Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)
Fogtown by Andersen Gabrych (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Veronica by Dan Parent (Archie Comics)
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)
Young Avengers: Children’s Crusade by Allan Heinberg (Marvel)
Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2010 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today released the 15th annual “Where We Are On TV” study, a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2010-2011 television season. After more than doubling last year, the overall number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks continues a steady rise, though broadcast networks still report no transgender or black LGBT characters.
The report shows that 23 LGBT characters will account for 3.9% of scripted series regulars in the 2010-2011 broadcast television schedule, up from 1.1% in 2007, 2.6% in 2008, and 3% in 2009. The number of scripted LGBT series regulars found on mainstream cable networks has rebounded after a two year decline, from 40 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 25 in 2009, to 35 in the upcoming season.
HBO’s True Blood is the most inclusive program currently on television, featuring six regular and recurring LGBT characters.
From research and information provided by the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW — GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” study reviewed 84 scripted television programs scheduled to air this upcoming season, and counted a total of 587 series regular characters, 23 of which are LGBT.
“The increase in lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters on primetime television not only reflects the shift in American culture towards greater awareness and understanding of our community, but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “The recent critical and commercial success of shows like Modern Family and Glee clearly indicate that mainstream audiences embrace gay characters and want to see well-crafted stories about our lives.”
In the upcoming 2010-2011 season:
- ABC continues to lead the other broadcast networks in LGBT representation, with 11 LGBT characters out of 152 total series regular characters (7.2%), the highest number and percentage of LGBT characters of any network for the 2010-2011 season.
- FOX, which in 2007 featured zero series regular LGBT characters at the launch of the season, now offers five LGBT series regulars out of 100 (5%).
- The CW continues to improve with three LGBT series regular characters out of 67 (4.5%).
- NBC becomes the only network that saw a decline from last year. The network will feature three series regular LGBT characters (2.1%) out of a total of 143.
- CBS remains in last place. Out of 125 series regular characters, only one will be LGBT (0.8%), but the network will include several LGBT recurring characters.
On mainstream cable networks, the number of announced LGBT series regular characters has rebounded to 35 after a two-year decline.
- HBO features the greatest number of LGBT characters on cable with 10, six of which are series regulars.
- ABC Family has an edge in the number of series regular LGBT characters with seven.
- Also making a significant contribution to the count are Showtime (with seven characters), Syfy (with four), TNT, FX, Starz, and Teen Nick (with three each).
GLAAD released its 2009-2010 report on representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on television, in which MTV became the first network to receive an excellent rating. All broadcast networks showed improvement, with the CW for the first time topping the list with 35% of its programming featuring LGBT …