Attention Los Angeles readers: GLAAD Director of Spanish Language Media Monica Trasandes is participating in a panel discussion on how Proposition 8 has affected coverage of LGBT issues on April 23. We hope to see you there!The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, The Media Image Coalition, GLAAD and The Los Angeles Press Club present "Prop 8… Prop H8?," a panel discussion about the impact Prop 8 has had on the coverage of LGBT issues.Thursday, April 23 – Los Angeles Press Club – 7:00 pm Against the backdrop of the CA Supreme Court hearing on the legality of Proposition 8 and its passage, we will examine what impact the entire Prop. 8 debate has had on the coverage of LGBT issues in news and entertainment, and its impact on the LGBT community as a whole. What role did religion play in the debate? Were newsroom reporters encouraged or able to cover non-Prop 8 stories within this community? Did the media pit one minority group off of another? Did the "Prop H8" platform lead to an increase in hate crimes against the LGBT community? Moderator: Jon Beaupré, Award-winning guest host on KPCC Radio’s “AirTalk” and “Talk of the City”; Associate Professor of Broadcast Journalism at California State University, LA Panelists: Willis Edwards, Civil rights pioneer; NAACP National Board member Jessica Garrison, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times Karen Ocamb, News Editor for Frontiers IN LA Monica Trasandes, Director of Spanish Language Media, GLAAD Robin Tyler, Original Plaintiff in the CA Supreme Court Lawsuit, Tyler v. County of LA. With her wife, Diane Olson, they became the first lesbian couple to sue for marriage equality in California in 2004 Marshall Wong, Sr. Inter-group Relations Specialist and Hate Crime Coordinator, LA County Human Relations Commission; primary author of LGBT Hate Crimes Statistics report When: Thursday, April 23, 2009. Food & Beverages at 6:30pm; Panel at 7:00 pm. Where: Los Angeles Press Club, Steve Allen Theater 4773 Hollywood Boulevard (Free parking behind building; enter off Berendo St.) RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org The Media Image Coalition, established by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in 1989, was the first multiracial, multicultural, inter-religious, media advocacy and education organization in the United States. Its Mission is to promote increased visibility, diversity and balanced imagery of ethnic, cultural, racial and religious groups, women, LGBTQ, seniors, people with disabilities and other protected groups that the MIC determines to be the subject of unfair portrayal in media and the arts.
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