GLAAD Announces Amplifier Awards Nominees For LGBT-Friendly Advertising

Awards season is striking up and GLAAD threw down the golden gauntlet today, announcing the nominees for their Amplifer Awards, celebrating the best in LGBT-inclusive advertising.

Nominees include J.C. Penney for its Father’s Day ad depicting two gay dads and their kids; Oreo for its “controversial” Pride Facebook campaign; American Apparel for its Pride ad campaign featuring transgender model Isis King; Amtrak’s “Ride with Pride” campaign; Absolut Vodka and RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s “Outrageous Through the Ages” ads; and the You Can Play Project for its partnership with professional hockey players to help put an end to homophobia in sports.

Full list of nominees here.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a press release:

“The advertising and marketing industries are catching up with the rest of the media by including more images of LGBT people in mainstream ads that target broad audiences. Americans expect to see their worlds reflected in advertising, and today that includes LGBT people and families. This year’s nominated campaigns are not only smart business decisions, but set the bar high for future images of our community in advertising and marketing.”

The awards ceremony will take place at New York’s XL Lounge on October 2 and you can purchase ticket here. Proceeds go toward GLAAD’s continued work in highlighting LGBT people and issues in the media.

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