By GLAAD | April 5, 2022
This morning, the nominees and honorees for the 26th Annual Webby Awards were announced. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. The Webbys now honors excellence in eight major media types: websites, video, advertising, media and PR, social, apps and software, games, podcasts, and virtual and remote.
GLAAD is nominated for two awards: “Public Service & Activism” in the Social Media category; and “Diversity & Inclusion” in the Video category. GLAAD’s social media is recognized at the Webby Awards as a nominee in the category for best “Social: Public Service & Activism.” This category recognizes social media accounts or content dedicated to public service and activism pursuits. In the two previous years, GLAAD was named an “Honoree” in that same category, as one of the best on the Internet as part of the Webby judging process.
Also this year, GLAAD & Neon’s “Changemakers” video series is nominated for best “Video Series & Channels: Diversity & Inclusion.” Released in September 2021, the 4-part video series spotlights Black LGBTQ small business owners and their impact within their local communities before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The first episode spotlights Kingsley Gbadegesin, a first-generation Nigerian-American and a New York–based creator working to advance liberation for the Black community, the queer community, and people of color. The “Changemakers” series is produced by NEON, GLAAD’s ongoing digital content series that aims to increase the visibility of Black LGBTQ people. Presented by Ally, “Changemakers” is available on GLAAD’s YouTube and social media accounts. The Video Series & Channels: Public Service & Activism category recognizes personal or branded video channels or series dedicated to public service and activism pursuits.
Watch the “Changemakers” series here.
GLAAD’s social media provides community and solidarity for LGBTQ people and is home for LGBTQ organizing that creates change. Most notably, GLAAD’s Twitter hosts a weekly “Friday Night Chats,” an extremely popular series which asks GLAAD’s followers to recount their biggest wins or self-care tips from the past week as a way to uplift and celebrate LGBTQ people and allies.
GLAAD’s social media is also a crucial element of GLAAD’s frontline work in uplifting LGBTQ stories and issues, as well as holding media and other notables accountable for their actions towards the LGBTQ community. GLAAD’s social media accounts are often the first to respond to LGBTQ news and announcements, and have been cited extensively by media outlets when covering important LGBTQ issues. GLAAD’s social media has also been used as the main platform for live-streaming GLAAD events or hosting GLAAD campaigns, including the 100 Days of Action campaign leading up to the 2020 election, the Black Queer Town Hall, GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day, and GLAAD’s “Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone” livestream event highlighting the LGBTQ response to COVID-19.
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