The Denver Post and 5280 magazine were among publications nominated for this year’s Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards, Westword media critic Michael Roberts reports. The Post got the nod in the “Outstanding Newspaper, Overall Coverage” category. 5280 Executive Editor Maxamillian Potter is one of five nominees for “Best Magazine Article” for his March 2008 article, “Second Nature.”
The awards — and there are a lot of them — will be handed out in March, April and May at ceremonies in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Potter’s article, about “a local family that is raising a little girl born in the wrong body,” examines transgender children in America through the lens of the Martin family of Boulder and their school-age daughter, Lucia.
Roberts contacted Rich Ferraro, GLAAD’s director of publicity, to find out why the Post wound up nominated alongside the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post in its category. Ferraro responded by e-mail:
“Throughout 2008, the newspaper showed a commitment to inclusive coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and issues,” Ferraro writes. “Not only did the paper extensively cover the brutal murder of Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender Greeley woman, but the Denver Post’s Monte Whaley dug deeper into Angie’s life and story — showing readers what it’s like to grow up transgender in Colorado. The Denver Post editorialized, several times on issues important to the LGBT community, including hate-crimes legislation and relationship recognition laws. Throughout the year, the Denver Post showed a commitment to fair, accurate and inclusive coverage of our community, and that’s why we’re proud to have it on the list of nominees for the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.”
The GLAAD awards recognize achievement in film, television, theater, journalism, music, comics and advertising. Criteria for nomination include fair, accurate and inclusive representations; boldness and originality; impact; and overall quality.