The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, home of the annual Dorian Awards, is currently comprised of approximately 180 professional (as in paid, and not just with respect) critics and entertainment journalists who write on television and film for legitimate media outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. These outlets run the gamut, from magazine to radio, from national to regional, from consumer to trade, and from mass-audience to LGBTQ-centric.
Formed in 2009, GALECA toasts the finest in movies and television, from mainstream to LGBTQ-niche, via its Dorian Awards. The awards are named with a wink to our patron saint — the inimitable Oscar Wilde, of course!
Most GALECA members identify as a member of the LGBTQ-munity, be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, though GALECA has several “ally” journalists in its ranks as well.
OUR LOFTY (AND FUN!) GOALS
To remind the world — and at-risk LGBTQ youth — that our community, with its distinct history and perspective, often leads the way in flagging great film and TV.
To champion the art of witty, wise and historically knowledgeable film and TV criticism and entertainment journalism.
To provide fellowship, camaraderie and career support in a time of change and uncertainty in the media.
To revel in being different!
GALECA officially accepts new members March through July ahead of award season, though journalists are welcome to apply at any time.
Those who are interested in joining GALECA must submit five recent pieces of their work from within the two most recent months.
To remain active year to year, members must be able to show they are currently and regularly writing, reporting and/or editing pieces about television and/or film for at least one legitimate media outlet, be it print, TV, radio or online.
Members must also pay dues (currently $35 per year), and participate in the voting process of our Dorian Awards, to be considered fully active.
GALECA members are given a strict code of conduct upon joining. They must abstain from voting for projects which present a clear conflict of interest, and must resist undue influence at all times.
Bloggers are welcome, provided their site represents their livelihood and is exceptional in legitimacy, presentation and popularity.
JUST SO YOU KNOW . . .
GALECA, a tax-exempt 501 (c)(6) nonprofit, is guided by a seven-member Board of Directors who, along with our general membership, determines its policies, priorities and fiscal accountability. Our Board Members work on a voluntary basis, though they and any other members are reimbursed for organization-related expenses they are due.
GALECA members vote on the Dorian Awards in a purely democratic fashion. All members are encouraged to vote their top three choices per category in the nominating round, then their sole choice per category in the final round.