More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
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On Tuesday GLAAD reached out to Sony Pictures to discuss the use of “maricón” (f**got) in the Spanish-language dubbing of their film, “The Green Hornet.” The word only appears in the Spanish-language version of the film, not in the English-language version. Sony agreed to remove the word in future versions, such as its release on DVD. However, Sony did not agree to remove the Spanish dubbed version from theaters because the film is concluding its theatrical release in all Latin American territories.
GLAAD’s Spanish-Language Media department also trained several bi-national couples to tell their stories in the media in order to ensure a greater understanding of the harms done to so many by lack of marriage equality. GLAAD recently trained Cristina Ojeda of New York and Monica Alcota, who is from Argentina, in preparation for their appearance on the New York City Spanish-language news show “Pura Política.” GLAAD also helped Doug Gentry and Alex Benshimol of Palm Springs to tell their story in The Press-Enterprise. Benshimol, a Venezuelan immigrant, faces deportation even though the couple got married last year in Connecticut.
Last week the Rhode Island Marriage Coalition released a television ad that advocates for the passage of marriage equality legislation in Rhode Island and GLAAD helped spread the word. The commercial, produced by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), features six couples from Rhode Island discussing what marriage means to them and the importance of marriage equality.
In an update on our blog post from two weeks ago about the Texas school district that would not allow a Gay-Straight Alliance, last week the district decided to allow the GSA on campus, for now. Student Bianca “Nikki” Peet tried to found a GSA at Flour Bluff High School but was prevented by the school district’s policy. Nikki gained support from the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, as well as a change.org petition that received over 55,000 signatures. Finally, after a four-hour emergency meeting last Tuesday night, the Flour Bluff Independent School District’s board of trustees decided to reverse their decision to deny a GSA to the student body. GLAAD provided media training to Nikki Peet and other spokespeople in Texas who might be asked to speak out on this story, and we worked to elevate this story in the media, successfully pitching the story to MSNBC.
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