GLAAD skips AJC in awards for gay coverage

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imageOuch, the sting of rejection. No, not the declining subscription numbers for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But that the AJC’s questionable nomination for an award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation got them exactly nothing. The trophy went to … the Denver Post. Well, the nomination for Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage did get the AJC this: A bucket full of criticism for its lack of coverage on LGBT issues, its penchant for following other outlets in covering ongoing stories such as the botched Eagle raid, and its use of “transvestite,” despite GLAAD’s own guidelines advising against it. For GLAAD, the nomination also brought its own headaches as media watchers questioned why the group would include the AJC among other nominees including the Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Salt Lake Tribune. imageGLAAD defended its nomination of the AJC, but went another way during the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday in New York. The gala event included Ricky Martin, Bravo’s chief gay Andy Cohen and a host of celebrities from A-List all the way to D-List. GLAAD pulled back the curtains on 25 of its 32 categories; the others will be doled out during ceremonies in Los Angeles in April and San Francisco in May.


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