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GLAAD Media Award Nominations Go to Anderson Cooper, Lady Gaga, Chaz Bono and More

Anderson Cooper, Lady Gaga, Chaz Bono John W. Ferguson/Getty Images; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images; ANDREAS BRANCH/patrickmcmullan.com/Sipa Press

It must make GLAAD very glad to see the works of Chaz Bono, Anderson Cooper and Lady Gaga.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has nominated these fine folks, along with other artists, movies and television series, for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize and honor media for outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Who else made the cut?

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When it comes to the big screen, Beginners, a story about a father coming out to his son after the death of his wife, starring newly minted Golden Globe winner Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor, made the list. And alongside of it is the biopic J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer.

Of course, some of television's favorites (including some returning nominees) also got a special honor from GLAAD: Shameless, The Big C, Glee, Modern Family, NCIS, the AIDS documentary We Were Here, Dancing With the Stars, the wedding of a gay staffer on Conan and TheRoot.com's "Black and Transgender: A Double Burden," got recognized as well.

Ricky Martin scored a nom for his Spanish album, Música + Alma + Sexo.

MORE: View the full nominations list

"As media continue to tell new stories about LGBT people and families, a majority of Americans now support full equality of LGBT Americans," said Mike Thompson, GLAAD's acting president. "This year's nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community. Audiences expect to see their own worlds reflected in media, and today more than ever, those include the lives of LGBT people. Viewers know that LGBT characters and stories are simply natural extensions of, and glimpses into, their own experiences from across America."

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