The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees have been announced, honoring the best in media portrayals of LGBTQ characters and themes. For the first time, 10 comics were nominated, up from 5 in other years; on the flip side only TWO wide release films were nominated, Moonlight and Star Trek Beyond. Steven Universe was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Supergirl got a nod for Outstanding Drama Series.

As a reminder, the GLAAD Media Awards recognize mainstream media hence all the Marvel and DC comics (although happy to see Kim & Kim sneak in). Hence none of the countless indie/self published/webcomics that covered LGBTG issues in depth and with great craft.

And here are the nominees:

All-New X-Men, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, Paco Diaz, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, Cory Petit, Marvel Comics

Black Panther, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Karl C. Story, Laura Martin, Matt Milla, Joe Sabino, Clayton Cowles, Marvel Comics

DC Comics Bombshells, by Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, Sandy Jarrell, Maria Laura Sanapo, Mirka Andolfo, Pasquale Qualano, Marguerite Sauvage, Juan Albarran, Kelly Diane Fitzpatrick, J. Nanjan, Jeremy Lawson, Wendy Broome, Wes Abbott, DC Comics

Kim & Kim, by Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam, Taylor Esposito, Black Mask Studios

Love is Love, anthology originated by Marc Andreyko, IDW Publishing, DC Comics

Lumberjanes, by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carey Pietsch, Ayme Sotuyo, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese, BOOM! Studios

Midnighter / Midnighter and Apollo, by Steve Orlando, David Messina, Aco, Hugo Petrus, Fernando Blanco, Gaetano Carlucci, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Jeremy Cox, Tom Napolitano, Josh Reed, DC Comics

Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!, by Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, Natasha Allegri, Megan Wilson, Rachelle Rosenberg, Clayton Cowles, Marvel Comics

Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks, Image Comics

The Woods, by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Josan Gonzalez, Ed Dukeshire, BOOM! Studios



  1. Love is Love should die in a fire. The panel with Batman standing among dead bodies from a real life tradgedy was the most classless thing I’ve ever seen.

  2. GLAAD does split the film category between Wide Release and Limited Release.

    I believe the awards encourage mainstream media representation, instead of community creativity.

    The Lambda Literary Awards do honor the more marginalized titles, titles you’d be unlikely to find in a comics shop. (In the 1990s, working in Dupont Circle, I’d frequent Lambda Rising to discover titles that even SuperCrown Books wouldn’t carry.)

    Lumberjanes won last year.

  3. – “the GLAAD Media Awards recognize mainstream media hence all the Marvel and DC comics”

    @Heidi: Alt fact: absence of 2016 releases such as SUNSTONE (Image) and LAKE JEHOVAH (Conundrum) in fiction…

    @Heidi: …or THE IMITATION GAME (Abrams) and OH JOY SEX TOY (Oni) in nonfiction — makes them awards look like corporate handouts. Sad!

  4. @Chris Hero: What…?? That sounds..not good. I’d heard great things baout “Love is Love” otherwise.

    Bummer that GLAAD didn’t recognize Kelly Thompson & Sophie Campbell’s work on “Jem”: LGBT characters aplenty, a positive trans character spotlight & gorgeous art with tons of diversity & different body types. “Jem” was at the top of *my* list for last year, lemme tell ya!

    I must not be up to speed on some of these other titles, because their inclusion on this list doesn’t make sense to me. Saga I at least am familiar with a scene in which they introduced a trans character, but they do so by showing them nude right off the bat, full focus on their genitals, & using a child to ask about her / her body. It came off to me as well-intentioned but kinda like same ol’, same ol, sensationalized / sexualized treatment of a transwoman. You know..I expected a “the more you know!” banner to appear above Petrichor’s head. :(


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