Google, Allstate and American Airlines are among the 15 companies being honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for their gay-inclusive advertising campaigns.

GLAAD announced the winner of its Amplifier Awards on Friday. Winners will be recognized at an October 4 event at The Altman Building in New York City.

Insurance giant Allstate will receive the group's Corporate Responsibility Award and marketing group Bob Witeck & Wesley Combs will receive its Public Visibility Award at the event.

“The advertising industry is still behind news and entertainment media in terms of including images that reflect the diversity of LGBT people,” said GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. “By highlighting the great work of all of our award recipients with an Amplifier Award, we hope their corporate peers will begin including our community in ads which accurately reflect the fabric of American culture today.”

Google's television ad for Chrome – The Web is What You Make of It: It Gets Better Project – won in the Outstanding TV Campaign – Mainstream Market category. The television ad debuted in May on the Fox musical-comedy Glee. The video ad touts the search giant's browser Chrome, which is used as a vehicle to highlight videos uploaded to gay activist Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project. (The ad is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

American Airlines' Beach Towel ads won in the Outstanding Outdoor Campaign category. In the print ads, a same-sex couple is seen on the beach with the headline “Here's to hers and hers beach towels” or “Here's to his and his beach towels.”

Also winning are Absolut Vodka, Expedia, GE, Kaiser Permanente, MetLife, Wells Fargo, Rokk Vodka, Allstate, Desert AIDS Project, NYC Administration for Children's Services, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), and the Hispanic Federation & The NY AIDS Institute.