Last weekend GLAAD was proud to host the National People of Color Media Institute created specifically for people of color who are LGBT or LGBT allies. A phenomenal group of passionate leaders were media trained to speak in national media outlets about issues that impact the lives of LGBT people and their families. The Institute consisted of a two-day, advanced spokesperson training program where GLAAD staff and key media trainers developed Institute participants in the areas of framing and messaging for on-camera and radio interviews. The experience was transformative. By the end of the training, participants mastered telling their stories along with compelling LGBT-related data. The connections made were just as meaningful. Here’s what some of the participants had to say:
“One part of the experience was getting invaluable training in skills I would not otherwise get, and which I will need for the rest of my life. However, the other part of it is that even when we meet other people of color in the movement, we rarely hear their stories, often leaving us feeling isolated. Thus, besides the skills I learned, the Institute affected me on a deeper level by helping me connect with others from my community, who share my concerns.” – Craig Konnoth, Law & Policy Fellow, Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Policy “I am so grateful for all the love support and information I received from the Institute, and I am looking forward to a long lasting relationship with GLAAD.” – Dee Dee Chamblee, Executive Director/Founder of LaGender Inc. “I came to the Institute expecting to learn technical and messaging skills for being in front of the camera. I left having learned about myself; time has taught me that that is the best learning I can do. So I'm incredibly grateful for feeling prepared to go in front of a camera and speak powerfully about issues close to my heart. I am more grateful for somehow finding myself.” – Garry Bevel, Staff Attorney, American Bar AssociationParticipants will receive ongoing support, coaching and training from GLAAD staff, including quarterly progress reviews. Our next training will take place in Los Angeles from Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24.