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'True Blood,' Lady Gaga and ABC among GLAAD nominees

By Jo Piazza, Special to CNN
Lady Gaga was nominated for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's annual media awards on Wednesday.
Lady Gaga was nominated for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's annual media awards on Wednesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • GLAAD nominated 152 television shows, movies, musicians, journalists and artists
  • The awards will be given out in three ceremonies starting in New York on March 13
  • ABC landed the most nominations out of the four major networks
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  • Lady GaGa
  • Tom Ford

(CNN) -- Designer Tom Ford's dramatic feature film, "A Single Man," HBO's vampire series, "True Blood" and singer/songwriter Lady Gaga were among those nominated for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's annual media awards on Wednesday.

GLAAD nominated 152 television shows, movies, musicians, journalists and artists for their awards, which will be given out in three ceremonies starting in New York on March 13.

"Our media awards are an important benchmark for where we are and a way of applauding those networks and news outlets who have portrayed or developed stories that actually reflect the challenges gay people face on a daily basis," said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios.

"Sex & the City" actress Cynthia Nixon will also be honored by GLAAD with the Vito Russo Award, which is annually presented to an openly gay media professional who has made a significant effort to promote equal rights. Nixon has been dating education activist Christine Marinoni since 2004. She has since been supportive of the fight for same-sex marriage in New York State.

"Cynthia Nixon has been a vocal and visible advocate who has transformed cultural attitudes about our community," Barrios said. "She is a perfect example of how sharing your personal story and speaking out for marriage equality can inspire change among fair-minded Americans. It is our privilege to honor her."

This will be the organization's 21st awards and Barrios noted that the group has a lot more options now to choose from than they did when they first started distributing them.

"Today we feel blessed to have so many options, but we also we tell a slightly different story. It's not enough to be 'Will and Grace' any more. The benchmark is higher."

ABC landed the most nominations out of the four major networks, receiving eight nominations for programs such as "Modern Family," "All My Children," "Private Practice," and "Grey's Anatomy." The films "Everybody's Fine," and "Precious" were also nominated as well as singer Adam Lambert, who caused a stir last year with his male-on-male kiss at the American Music Awards.

 
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