Snapshots of Our Work

By GLAAD |
April 5, 2011

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Love and Marriage

GLAAD currently has staff on the ground in Oregon to support Basic Rights Oregon, which recently launched statewide television commercials as part of its “Marriage Matters” public education campaign  to engage Oregonians on the topic of marriage for gay and lesbian couples. This campaign comes at a crucial time, as the general election in 2012 could bring marriage equality to Oregon if voters repeal an anti-gay constitutional amendment adopted in 2004. A commercial entitled “Love and Marriage” features Shelly and Kristin Casteel, a Portland couple who received media training from GLAAD in preparation for the widespread media coverage on this issue (including articles in the East Oregonian, Just Out, and Pam’s House Blend).

Last week GLAAD sat down with Damian Furtch, the 26-year old who was violently attacked on March 27 in front of a McDonald’s in the West Village. Damian shared his story of what happened in order to shed light on the issue of anti-LGBT violence and to help prevent this kind of attack from happening again. GLAAD provided Damian with media training and is helping to garner media attention on the issue of anti-LGBT violence.

GLAAD congratulates TeenNick and Degrassi for recently winning a George Foster Peabody Award, which recognizes “distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web.” Degrassi was honored this year for its storyline about Adam, a transgender teen who is outed at school and who struggles to find full acceptance at home. GLAAD provided script notes on the two-part Degrassi story entitled “My Body is a Cage” and assisted with marketing materials for the storyline as well as a PSA raising awareness around transgender issues and resources available through PFLAG.

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GLAAD in the News:

LGBT Weekly: WWE puts anti-bulling message to the test

On Top Magazine: Damian Furtch Anti-Gay Attack Caught On Video

DNAinfo: Alleged Hate Crime Victim Calls Attack Part of a Wider Problem

Windy City Times: WWE figure apologizes for anti-gay slur

Dallas Voice: Gay Archie Comics character gets a spinoff

Myrtle Beach Sun News: Farewell dame taylor

Opposing Views: Archie Comics Gay Character Kevin Keller Gets Mini-Series and Damian Furtch Tells Story of Anti-Gay Violence in NYC