GLAAD, the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, announced the nominees for its 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Wednesday morning. This annual event recognizes and honors media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The soirée’s main goal is, of course, to accelerate acceptance of the LGBT community in our society.

“For nearly three decades, the GLAAD Media Awards have propelled inclusion in media and driven LGBT acceptance forward,” said GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis. “This year’s nominees have raised the bar for creating thoughtful and diverse LGBT images and storylines, deepening audiences’ understanding of LGBT people and accelerating acceptance across the world.”

For the first time in nearly a decade, the GLAAD Media Awards will be televised exclusively on Logo in a one-hour special premiering in April 2016. The ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Special Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.

Among the nominees: Academy Award nominees “Carol” and “The Danish Girl;” Golden Globe nominee “Grandma;” Film Independent Spirit Award nominees “Appropriate Behavior” and “Tangerine;” FOX’s hit drama “Empire” and Netflix’s “Sense8,” “Master of None,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “Grace and Frankie;” Amazon’s “Transparent;” HBO's “Bessie;” ABC’s 20/20 for its groundbreaking Diane Sawyer interview with Caitlyn Jenner; E!’s “I Am Cait,” TLC’s “I Am Jazz,” both reality programs headlined by transgender people; CBS' “The Bold and The Beautiful; The New York Times for its “Transgender Today” series; ESPN’s “SportsCenter;” Essence Magazine; and Troye Sivan for his debut album “Blue Neighbourhood.”

Spanish-language nominees include Ricky Martin for his new album “A Quien Quiera Escuchar.” Also nominated, Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Día,” for its interviews with Patricia Velásquez, who came out this year, and with transgender advocate Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and his supportive mom, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Univision’s “Al Punto” got nominated for its story about transgender people in the military; and Univision.com for its article profiling couples instrumental to achieving marriage equality nationwide. CNN en Español earned six nominations for its coverage of LGBT issues. This year, GLAAD added Local Television Interview to its Spanish-language categories to recognize the increasing coverage of LGBT stories by local affiliates across the country.

To see the full list of nominees, go to www.glaad.org/mediaawards/factsandfigures.