Nominees for the most gay-friendly films, television programmes and performers have been announced by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

The group hands out awards annually for “outstanding images of the LGBT community” in the media.

The biggest names among this year’s nominations are Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, new comedy Glee, Mad Men and Quentin Crisp documentary An Englishman in New York.

In a statement, GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said: “Words and images matter. With these awards, we seek to recognise news coverage and entertainment programming that go beyond stock stereotypes with LGBT storylines that more fully reflect the challenges gay and transgender people face and the aspirations we hold for ourselves and our families.

He added that the awards set a “fairness benchmark” for the news and entertainment industries.

The winners’ ceremonies will be held in March, April and June at four separate locations.

Last year’s victors included Desperate Housewives, the film Milk and lesbian presenter Ellen Degeneres.

Outstanding music artist
The Gossip
Brandi Carlile
Otep
Lady Gaga
Adam Lambert

Outstanding drama series
Skins
Brothers & Sisters
Grey’s Anatomy
True Blood
Mad Men

Outstanding comedy series

Glee
Greek
Beautiful People
Modern Family
United States Of Tara

Movies
Outstanding Film (wide release)
Precious
A Single Man
Taking Woodstock
Everybody’s Fine
I Love You, Man

Outstanding individual episode

‘Wait and See’ (Private Practice)
‘Homeward Bound’ (Private Practice)
‘Lisa Says’ (The Listener)
‘The Real Ghostbusters’ (Supernatural)
‘Wait and See’ (Private Practice)
‘Pawnee Zoo’ (Parks and Recreation)

Outstanding TV movie or miniseries

An Englishman in New York
Torchwood: Children of Earth
Pedro
Prayers for Bobby

Outstanding documentary

Derek
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
U People
Ask Not
Be Like Others

Outstanding reality programme

Making His Band
The Real World: Brooklyn
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race 15
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

Outstanding daily drama

All My Children
As The World Turns
Guiding Light
One Life To Live

Outstanding talk show episode
‘Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi’ (The Oprah Winfrey Show)
‘Hell to Pay – Gay Teen Exorcism’ (The Tyra Banks Show)
‘Mormon Church & Gays’ (The Joy Behar Show)
‘The Science of Intersex’ (The Dr. Oz Show)
‘Sirdeaner Walker Interview’ (The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

Outstanding film (limited release)

Little Ashes
Casi Divas
The Country Teacher
Phoebe in Wonderland
The Secrets