“I Am Cait,” “Elites” up for GLAAD Media Awards

I Am Cait (pictured), I Am Jazz and The Prancing Elites Project are among the reality series nominated for GLAAD Media Awards.
January 28, 2016

Docuseries starring transgender characters have dominated the reality TV category at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards.

Last year, transgender stories became a trend in reality TV and reflected a growing awareness around trans issues that was aided by Olympic champion-turned-reality star Caitlyn Jenner’s highly publicized transition.

Her E! series, I Am Cait (pictured), is among the trans-focused Outstanding Reality Program nominees alongside TLC’s I Am Jazz, Discovery Life’s New Girls on the Block and Fuse’s Transcendent.

The Prancing Elites Project, Oxygen’s series about five gay and gender non-conforming dancers from Mobile, Alabama, rounds out the category. The show recently returned for a second season.

Two other trans-focused programs,’s Beautiful As I Want To Be and Amazon Instant Video’s This Is Me, will receive special recognition awards.

Meanwhile, the nominees for Outstanding Documentary are Netflix’s Tig, The Film Collaborative’s Tab Hunter Confidential, Strand Releasing’s Mala Mala and the PBS docs Kumu Hina and Limited Partnership.

The winners of the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be announced on April 2.

The awards recognize inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender stories and issues across film, TV, digital media and journalism.

For the complete list of nominees, visit GLAAD’s website.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.