Metro Weekly senior political writer Chris Geidner has been nominated for a 2012 GLAAD Media Award for his series on the history of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The four part series was nominated in the category of Outstanding Magazine Article.
''There are very few publications that have taken the time to really detail the whole history of what was really the start of the marriage equality movement in this country,'' says Geidner, who spoke with a variety of sources central to the story, from Elizabeth Birch to Richard Socarides. ''The 15-year anniversary of the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act seemed the perfect opportunity to really do that.''
Geidner says that the attention the series received upon publication, as well as the Obama administration's 2011 decision to stop defending Section 3 of DOMA, made the series an obvious choice to submit for GLAAD's consideration.
In a field of 151 nominees in 35 categories, the other nominees for Outstanding Magazine Article are ''Black & Gay in Corporate America,'' by Carolyn M. Brown in Black Enterprise; ''Making It Work,'' by Rod McCullom in Ebony; ''The Secret I Don't Want to Keep Anymore,'' by Janet Mock (as told to Kierna Mayo) in Marie Claire; and ''Transitions,'' by Eliza Gray in The New Republic.
''I think it's notable that among the excellent other nominees for Outstanding Magazine Article, Metro Weekly is the only LGBT-specific publication that was nominated in that category,'' Geidner adds. ''I think that goes to show the success that GLAAD and other organizations have had in ensuring that LGBT issues are covered more accurately across the media.''
The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be presented in New York on March 24, in Los Angeles on April 21, and in San Francisco June 2. For the full list of nominees, visit glaad.org.