GLAAD announced that out actress/producer Niecy Nash will host the virtual ceremony for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, during which Windy City Times will receive a special honor.
The organization also announced the awards ceremony will stream on GLAAD's YouTube on Thursday, April 8, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The virtual ceremony will also stream on Hulu on April 8 starting at 10 p.m. ET. The awards will be available to stream on-demand on Hulu until the end of June.
"I am so thrilled to be hosting this year's GLAAD Media Awards, honoring the LGBTQ stories and images that change the world by growing acceptance and understanding," said Nash in a statement. "My wife Jessica and I are still thriving in newlywed bliss, and I'm looking forward to bringing that love and joy to GLAAD's biggest night. Be ready for a surprise or two!"
The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally. The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Gilead, Hyundai and Ketel One Family-Made Vodka.
GLAAD is also working with TikTok on a special recognition titled "TikTok Queer Advocate of the Year," which is highlighting the TikTok creators who have taken LGBTQ visibility to new heights. Today, GLAAD & TikTok announced the creators nominated for the recognition, including: Denise & Ebony (@team2moms), Kyne (@onlinekyne), Crissa Jackson (@crissa_ace), Chris Olsen (@olsennchris), Ian Paget (@ianpaget_), Josh Helfgott (@joshhelfgott), Ve'ondre Mitchell (@veondre), Austin Chiang, MD MPH (@austinchiangmd), and Christine Marshall (@chrissycanthearyou). Until March 12, fans can vote for their favorite by visiting www.glaad.org/tiktok. The winner will be announced the night of the GLAAD Media Awards ceremony.
GLAAD announced 198 nominees in 28 categories. This year, several categories increased from five to 10 nominees to recognize expanding levels of diverse LGBTQ representation across several media genres. For a full list of nominees, visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees.
Each year, GLAAD presents non-competitive Special Recognition Awards to media projects that do not fit into one of the existing GLAAD Media Awards categories. For the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD is presenting Special Recognition honors to eight media projects that spotlighted diverse segments of the LGBTQ community in innovative ways. The eight media projects include After Forever (Amazon), Deadline's New Hollywood Podcast, Happiest Season Soundtrack (Facet/Warner Records), Noah's Arc: The 'Rona Chronicles (Patrik Ian-Polk Entertainment), Out (Pixar/Disney+), Razor Tongue (YouTube), "The Son" Little America (Apple TV+) and Jesse & Joy's "Love (Es Nuestro Idioma)."
GLAAD has also reinstated the Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media, which honors a pioneering individual, group, or community media outlet that has made a significant contribution to the development of LGBTQ media. This year's recipient of the Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media is Windy City Times, Chicago's pioneering LGBTQ news publication established in 1985 by Jeff McCourt, Bob Bearden, Drew Badanish and Tracy Baim. In 2020, the biweekly newspaper made the difficult decision to retire its print edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but continues to publish online content.