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GLAAD media awards nominees announced; sports virtually absent

Over the last few years we've been very pleased to see GLAAD recognize the increasing LGBT work done in sports with multiple sports-related nominees for their media awards.

This year, as far as we can tell only one of the 151 nominees is directly related to sports: ESPN's segment on Kye Allums. What makes that nomination a little strange is how negative that piece was, with so much focus on made-up negative aspects of Allums transitioning and playing on a women's basketball team (not to mention Kevin Blackistone constantly referring to Allums as "a woman" and "she"). We're glad any time sports are highlighted by gay organizations; This one, however, is a bit of a head-scratcher.

Interestingly, Outsports' groundbreaking piece on Allums, which introduced him to the world, was not nominated last year. This is also the first time in years the work of LZ Granderson at ESPN is not highlighted.

We are however thrilled to see some of our friends receive nominations this year! Our good friend Josh Berman was nominated for Outstanding Individual TV Episode for the "Prom" episode of Drop Dead Diva. Towleroad, which was overlooked last year, was nominated for Best Blog this time around; Rod McCullom at Rod 2.0, who often highlights sports news, is also nominated in the same category. Howard Bragman, associate producer of Becoming Chaz, was nominated for Outstanding Documentary.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

You can see the full list of nominees here.