January 19, 2012
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – TV shows featuring transgender celebrity Chaz Bono, the movie “Beginners” and comedy “Modern Family” were among the nominees on Thursday for the 2012 GLAAD Media awards celebrating the portrayal of lesbian and gay people in popular culture.
Television musical comedy “Glee,” the feature film “Albert Nobbs” starring Glenn Close as a woman passing as a man in 19th century Ireland, and singing contest “The Voice” were also among the 151 nominees recognized for fair and accurate depictions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Bono, 42, the only child of singer Cher and her late husband Sonny Bono, became a media celebrity in 2011 when his female-to- male sex change was chronicled in the OWN TV documentary “Becoming Chaz”.
“Dancing with the Stars” , which featured Bono as a contestant, and his TV interview with talk show host David Letterman also won nominations from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“Late Night with David Letterman” and an episode of “Conan”, in which the comedian officiated at the gay wedding of his costume designer, were the first late-night talk shows to receive a GLAAD Media award nomination.
“This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community,” GLAAD acting president Mike Thompson said in a statement.