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Sam Smith and OITNB's Laverne Cox among nominees at GLAAD Awards

Sam Smith has been nominated for a GLAAD Award. The Stay With Me singer publicly came out as gay last year, and has just split from boyfriend Jonathan Ziezel.

And to continue an already hugely successful 2015, Sam has now earned a nod at the upcoming GLAAD Awards, which “honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.”

Sam has been recognised in the Outstanding Music Artist category for his album In the Lonely Hour.

 He will face off against Angel Haze, Mary Gauthier, Mary Lambert, and Against Me! to take home the award.

 Other notable names recognised at the ceremony include Laverne Cox.

 Transgender actress Laverne has achieved worldwide fame in recent months thanks to her role in hit US TV show Orange is the New Black.

 However, Laverne has received a nomination for her documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, which tells the story of seven young transgender individuals from America.

 Speaking previously about the hour-long documentary, Laverne admitted it had been a labour of love.

“This particular incarnation of the project we started at the beginning of this year, with casting,” she told BuzzFeed News. “My producing partner and I, for about nine years, have been trying to get a show on the air about trans people’s lives. MTV finally said yes, and it was the realization of about nine years of work.”

 “This special is a critical intervention in people thinking differently about what it means to be trans and what it means to live your truth. We should be celebrating these young people and loving them – not stigmatizing, objectifying, sensationalizing, or criminalizing them.”

The GLAAD Awards will be taking place on March 21 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and on May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

 

 2015 GLAAD Awards, Main categories:

 

 Outstanding film – Wide release

 The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)

 Love is Strange (Sony Pictures Classics)

 Pride (CBS Films)

 The Skeleton Twins (Roadside Attractions)

 Tammy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

 

 Outstanding film – Limited release

 Dear White People (Lionsgate)

 Life Partners (Magnolia Pictures)

 Lilting (Strand Releasing)

 The Way He Looks (Strand Releasing)

 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Film Movement)

 

 Outstanding drama series

 Degrassi (TeenNick)

 The Fosters (ABC Family)

 Game of Thrones (HBO)

 Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

 How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

 Last Tango in Halifax (PBS)

 Masters of Sex (Showtime)

 Orphan Black (BBC America)

 Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)

 Shameless (Showtime)

 

 Outstanding comedy series

 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

 Faking It (MTV)

 Glee (FOX)

 Looking (HBO)

 Modern Family (ABC)

 Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

 Please Like Me (Pivot)

 Sirens (USA Network)

 Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)

 Vicious (PBS)

 

 Outstanding individual episode

 (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

 Deep Breath, Doctor Who (BBC America)

 Down a Tree, Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)

 Identity Crisis, Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)

 Let’s Have a Baby, Playing House (USA Network)

 No Lack of Void, Elementary (CBS)

 

 Outstanding TV movie or mini-series

 The Normal Heart (HBO)

 

 Outstanding documentary

 The Case Against 8 (HBO)

 L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin (Showtime)

 Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word (Logo / MTV)

 To Russia with Love (Epix)

 True Trans with Laura Jane Grace (AOL Originals)

 

 Outstanding music artist

 Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Xtra Mile Recordings)

 Angel Haze, Dirty Gold (Island Records/Republic Records)

 Mary Gauthier, Trouble & Love (In the Black Records)

 Mary Lambert, Heart on My Sleeve (Capitol Records)

 Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (Capitol Records)

 

 Outstanding reality program

 Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce (Fuse)

 B.O.R.N. to Style (FYI)

 Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project (VH1)

 R&B Divas: Atlanta (TV One)

 Survivor: San Juan del Sur (CBS)

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