Pretty Little Liars has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for the second consecutive year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The ABC Family series is up against some stiff competition for Outstanding Drama Series.
Pretty Little Liars has been nominated alongside ABC Family’s hit new series, The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, Orphan Black, and Shameless for the GLAAD award, one of many given to "recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives." For Pretty Little Liars, this mainly comes in the form of Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell). Watching Em’s journey as a teenager coming to terms with her sexual identity and struggling with all-too-common realities like a disapproving parent or homophobic remarks from her peers has been one of the best parts of this show.
More recently, Emily’s romantic storyline has evolved into the subplot of her relationship with girlfriend Paige. But, like her straight besties, Emily isn’t just defined by her sexuality. Yes, she is a lesbian, and that facet of her character is explored, but she is also a friend, daughter, athlete, and so much more.
Back in April, Shay told Teen Vogue, “I have a lot of friends who are gay; my aunt had a girlfriend. It's just normal. And the way that fans have reacted [to my portrayal of Emily] has been amazing: I'm not playing the gothic chick dressed in all black who eats lunch in the corner and is a lesbian. If you look at the poster, you wouldn't necessarily be able to pinpoint which one of us is the lesbian, and that was really important to me.”
We’re extremely proud of Pretty Little Liars for nabbing the nomination and wish them the best of luck at the awards ceremony!
Do you think PLL should win “Outstanding Drama Series” at the GLAAD awards, or do you think it should go to one of the other worthy series? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the episode on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.