Over the weekend, GLAAD was proud to host another group of advocates at our National People of Color Media Institute in Los Angeles. The National People of Color Media Institute was created specifically for people of color who are LGBT or LGBT allies. A passionate group of leaders were media trained to speak in national media outlets about issues that impact the lives of LGBT people and their families. Participants included Adrienne Williams, founder of the Bi Social Network, Ja’briel Walthour, transgender rights advocate and children’s book author, Jorge Amaro, deputy communications director for Equality California, and many others.
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. Spanish-speaking spokespeople also received feedback from GLAAD’s Director of Spanish-Language Media. By the end of the training, participants mastered telling their stories along with compelling LGBT-related data. Participants will receive ongoing support, feedback and training from GLAAD staff, including quarterly progress reviews. A similar training took place in New York City on May 21 - 22.