Here are the Georgia ties to the 2016 GLAAD Media Award nominations

GLAAD announced the nominees for their annual Media Awards on Wednesday morning and the list wasn’t without a little Georgia LGBT flair.

“Bessie,” the HBO film that premiered last summer starring Queen Latifah as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, was nominated for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series. It was filmed in Atlanta and also starred Mo’Nique, who taped her talk show “The Mo’Nique Show” here during its two-season run.

And there were two Georgia connections in the Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia category. HuffPost Live got a nod for “Freed Trans Woman Ashley Diamond On Life Behind Bars In Men’s Prison.” Diamond was the transgender Georgia inmate who filed a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections alleging that she had been denied medical treatment for gender dysphoria and had been sexually assaulted by other inmates. She was freed from prison early last August.

Check out the segment below:

Joining the Ashley Diamond piece in the category was “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” by TV personality Clay Cane. The hour-long documentary premiered last November and featured several of Atlanta’s churches, sights and LGBT community members, including the Lost-N-Found Youth shelter in the West End, Vision Church of Atlanta, Ebenezer Baptist Church and Victory For The World Church in Stone Mountain.


To see the rest of the nominees for the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards, click here.