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GLAAD Media Winners Include Rat Queens, Dragon Age: Inquisition


The 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards took place this weekend in Los Angeles, and after Kerry Washington’s epic speech on intersectional feminism, we thought they couldn’t get much better; but we were wrong, as some excellent TV, movies, and comics were recognized for their contribution to positive LGBTQA+ representation.

Rat Queens writer Kurtis Wiebe was honored with the GLAAD award for Outstanding Comic Book; well-deserved with their inclusion of a trans character and and lead characters of different sexualities. We heart you, Rat Queens.

GLAAD also honored Dragon Age: Inquisition, which just won SXSW’s Game of the Year. Matt Kane, the programs director of entertainment media at GLAAD, said that the BioWare game goes “above and beyond what we’ve seen before. It not only has a gay, lesbian and bisexual character in the game, but it has a trans man as well. That’s not something that we thought we would see any time soon, and all of a sudden we have this really rich, interesting video game with these very distinctly drawn characters that players are interacting with, loving and spending hours getting to know through their play.”

Other winners announced in LA include:
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award:  Roland Emmerich
  • Special Recognition Award: Glee
  • Outstanding Film – Wide Release:  The Imitation Game
  • Outstanding Drama Series:  How to Get Away with Murder 
  • Outstanding Comedy Series:  Transparent
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): “Identity Crisis” Drop Dead Diva
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series:  The Normal Heart 
  • Outstanding Music Artist:  Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  • Outstanding Daily Drama:  Days of Our Lives 
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism Article:  “31 Days of PrEP” [series] 
  • Outstanding Blog:  Autostraddle 

Other GLAAD awards will be presented May 9th in New York City.

Though genre faves like Orphan Black, Doctor Who, and Elementary may have lost, it’s wonderful that so many of our beloved nerdy shows were nominated for such a great award. Let’s hope we see more of them next year!

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.