The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees and honourees for its 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Nominees this year include the films Across the Universe, The Jane Austen Book Club and Stardust, dramas Brothers Sisters and The L Word and comedies Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and The War at Home.

My Name is Earl and Law Order are nominated in the category for an individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character), while Project Runway is listed in the reality programme category.

Nominated in the music artists category are UK indie rock band Bloc Party, for their album A Weekend in the City, Rufus Wainwright for Release the Stars and English singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf for The Magic Position.

The musical Avenue Q, which has been a huge hit in London’s West End, is nominated in the Los Angeles Theatre category.

Talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks are both nominated for several episodes of their shows.

There are also awards for TV journalism, newspaper articles, columnists, overall newspaper coverage and magazine coverage.

“This year’s extraordinary nominees exemplify the important strides we have made as a community toward creating a truly inclusive society,” said GLAAD President Neil G Giuliano.

“GLAAD’s persistent, effective efforts to educate media professionals continue to yield a growing body of stories about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that are more compelling, more honest, and more real than ever before.

“We are proud to recognise all of this year’s GLAAD Media Awards nominees.”

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held on March 17 in New York, April 12 in South Florida, April 26 in LA, and May 10 in San Francisco. Over five thousand people are expected to attend.

GLAAD also announced that it will recognise seven special honourees, including pop star Janet Jackson, Rufus Wainwright, The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, and Wilson Cruz, previously a star of television series My So-Called Life.

“This year’s honourees have used the power of their words, their music, and their art to advocate on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” Giuliano said.

“They are changing hearts and minds, and opening people’s eyes to the common, human experiences we share, and it is our privilege to honour them.”

There are a total of 117 nominees in 25 English-language categories, and 55 Spanish-language nominees in 15 categories.

The GLAAD Media Awards aim to recognise and honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007.