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The GLAAD Media Award is an accolade bestowed by GLAAD (formerly known as Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to recognize and honor various branches of the media for their outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. In addition to film and television, the Awards also recognize achievements in other branches of the media and arts, including theatre, music, journalism and advertising.
Honorees are selected by a process involving over 700 GLAAD Media Award voters and volunteers and are evaluated using four criteria: Fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community, Boldness and originality of the project, significant cultural impact on mainstream culture, and the overall quality of the project. Results are then certified by a review panel who determine the final list of recipients based on voting results and their own opinions.
The 1st GLAAD Media Awards ceremony honoring the 1989 season was held in early 1990 in New York. Award ceremonies are generally held in New York and Los Angeles, although ceremonies have also been held in San Francisco, Washington DC, and Miami. New York ceremonies have always been hosted at hotels, commonly the Plaza, Hilton, Marriott Marquis, and Waldorf-Astoria hotels. Los Angeles ceremonies were held at the Beverly Hilton and Century Plaza hotels from 1991 through 2001. The 2002 ceremony took place at the then newly-opened Kodak (now Dolby) Theatre. Subsequent Los Angeles ceremonies were held at the theatre through 2008. In 2009 the ceremony moved to the Nokia Theatre, and has since moved back to hotels.
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