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The nominees for the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced Wednesday, recognizing singers like Mary Lambert and Sam Smith and TV shows like Orange Is the New Black and Transparent.

The event recognizes and honors media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in L.A. on March 21 at the Beverly Hilton and in New York City on May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Special honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.

In a statement, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis tells E! News, "For nearly 30 years, the GLAAD Media Awards have raised the bar for inclusion in news and entertainment, transforming LGBT representation in media and moving the dial for acceptance across the globe. It's been a remarkable year for equality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the visibility LGBT people have gained across media. This year's nominees, including expanded categories in Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series, reflect the widening diversity of LGBT images and storylines that are closing the gap to full acceptance."

Here are this year's nominees:

Skeleton Twins, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader

Roadside Attractions

OUTSTANDING FILM - WIDE RELEASE

The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)

Love Is Strange (Sony Pictures Classics)

Pride (CBS Films)

The Skeleton Twins (Roadside Attractions)

Tammy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

OUTSTANDING FILM - LIMITED RELEASE

Dear White People (Lionsgate)

Life Partners (Magnolia Pictures)

Lilting (Strand Releasing)

The Way He Looks (Strand Releasing)

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Film Movement)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Degrassi (TeenNick)

The Fosters (ABC Family)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Last Tango in Halifax (PBS)

Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Orphan Black (BBC America)

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)

Shameless (Showtime)

How to Get Away with Murder, Jack Falahee, Conrad Ricamora

ABC/Mitch Haaseth

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Faking It (MTV)

Glee (FOX)

Looking (HBO)

Modern Family (ABC)

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

Please Like Me (Pivot)

Sirens (USA Network)

Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)

Vicious (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (IN A SERIES WITHOUT A REGULAR LGBT CHARACTER)

"Deep Breath" Doctor Who (BBC America)

"Down a Tree" Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)

"Identity Crisis" Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)

"Let's Have a Baby" Playing House (USA Network)

"No Lack of Void" Elementary (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES

The Normal Heart (HBO)

Playing House

USA

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY

The Case Against 8 (HBO)

L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin (Showtime)

Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word (Logo / MTV)

To Russia with Love (Epix)

True Trans With Laura Jane Grace (AOL Originals)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM

Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce (Fuse)

B.O.R.N. to Style (FYI)

Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project (VH1)

R&B Divas: Atlanta (TV One)

Survivor: San Juan del Sur (CBS)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA

Days of Our Lives (NBC) General Hospital (ABC)

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST

Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Xtra Mile Recordings)

Angel Haze, Dirty Gold (Island Records/Republic Records)

Mary Gauthier, Trouble & Love (In the Black Records)

Mary Lambert, Heart on My Sleeve (Capitol Records)

Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (Capitol Records)

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK

Hawkeye, written by Matt Fraction (Marvel Comics)

Lumberjanes, written by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis (BOOM! Studios)

Memetic, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

Rat Queens, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)

Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan (Image Comics)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE

"Issues Facing the Transgender Community" Katie (syndicated)

"Laverne Cox Discusses 'The T Word'" The View (ABC)

"Michael Sam" Oprah Prime (OWN)

"Pepe Julian Onziema" Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

"Robin Roberts" The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

Robin Roberts

The Ellen Degeneres Show

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE

"Coming Out" Nick News With Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon)

"Gay and Muslim in America" America Tonight (Al Jazeera America)

"Gay Rodeo" This is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN)

"Infield & Out: Baseball for All" Morning Joe (MSNBC)

"Transgender Society" [series] Ronan Farrow Daily (MSNBC)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT

"Change is Coming to the South" Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)

"Fired for Being Gay?" MSNBC Live (MSNBC)

"License to Discriminate?" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

"A Model With a Mission" Alicia Menendez Tonight (Fusion)

"Transgender Tipping Point?" This Week (ABC)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

"A Christian Family, a Gay Son and a Wichita Father's Change of Heart" by Roy Wenzl (The Wichita Eagle)

"For Transgender Service Members, Honesty Can End Career" by Ernesto Londoño (The Washington Post)

"An Identity to Call Their Own" [series] by Michael A. Fuoco & Mackenzie Carpenter (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

"Longtime Utah LGBT Advocates Recount Brutal History" by Erin Alberty (Salt Lake City Tribune)

"When They Stopped Waiting" by Shaun McKinnon (The Arizona Republic)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE

"Do Ask, Do Tell" by S.L. Price (Sports Illustrated)

"The Forsaken" by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)

"Inside the Iron Closet: What It's Like to Be Gay in Putin's Russia" by Jeff Sharlet (GQ)

"Sex Without Fear" by Tim Murphy (New York)

"The Transgender Tipping Point" by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

Benedict Cumberbatch, Out

Samuel Bradley/Out Magazine

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE

Essence

Glamour


Out


Sports Illustrated

Time

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE

"31 Days of PrEP" [series] (Advocate.com)

"Black Parents, Gay Sons and Redefining Masculinity" by Edward Wyckoff Williams (TheRoot.com)

"Conner Mertens Came Out to His College Football Team. Now He Comes Out Publicly." by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports.com)

"A Nun's Secret Ministry Brings Hope to the Transgender Community" by Nathan Schneider (America.Aljazeera.com)

"A Year Later, 'Nothing' Has Changed Since Transgender Woman Islan Nettles was Killed" by Tony Merevick (Buzzfeed.com)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM –
MUL TIMEDIA

"Left Behind: LGBT Homeless Youth Struggle to Survive on the Streets" by Miranda Leitsinger (NBCNews.com)

"Why Did the U.S. Lock Up These Women With Men?" by Cristina Costantini, Jorge Rivas, Kristofer Ríos (Fusion.net)

"With Technology I Didn't Have to Sell My Body" by Kerri Pang (MSNBC.com)

"Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens" by Adri Murguia, Christo Geoghegan (News.Vice.com)

"Young and Gay in Putin's Russia" by Milene Larsson (News.Vice.com)

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent, TV stars who should get Golden Globes

Amazon Studios

OUTSTANDING BLOG

The Art of Transliness (theartoftransliness.com)

Autostraddle (autostraddle.com)

Box Turtle Bulletin (boxturtlebulletin.com)

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters (holybulliesandheadlessmonsters.blogspot.com)

My Fabulous Disease (marksking.com)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare/Electronic Arts)

For the complete list of Spanish language nominees, click here.

(E!, NBC, NBCNews.com, MSNBC and MSNBC.com are all part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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