Variety has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding magazine overall coverage. The GLAAD Awards recognize various media branches for outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Variety is up against The Advocate, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Time.
After the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, Variety published a special issue delving into marriage equality. The edition included a look at the entertainment industry’s role in the historic ruling and the views of more than 80 key individuals in the entertainment, media, political, religious and legal communities.
“I would introduce gay characters slowly and surely,” Ryan Murphy wrote in a guest column. “I don’t think the battle changed. I think that group of network executives got out of the business or retired. And a young, more liberal group of people took over the town.”
An exclusive Variety poll showed that of 2,000 adults nationwide, 78% publicly support equality while 28% are aware of LGBT legal inequality.
Other than marriage equality, Variety has covered the entertainment industry’s role in the LGBT community throughout the year. Cate Blanchett was featured on a Variety cover in May for her role in the lesbian romance “Carol,” which defied industry norms for two reasons: it’s headlined by two women who fall in love with each other on screen.
“The Danish Girl” stars Eddie Redmayne, who plays a transgender artist, and Alicia Vikander took a front seat for a Variety September issue.
Meanwhile, “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox covered a Variety issue from May about Hollywood embracing transgender artists throughout all facets of the industry. “I never wanted to be the only one,” Cox said, referencing an interview she heard with Sidney Poitier about how it felt to be the first African-American to win a best actor Oscar (in 1964). “The change will happen when there’s a slew of us.”
The 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards will air on Logo in April. The ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2 at the Beverly Hilton, and in New York City on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.