As Director of Programs, Entertainment Media, Ray advocates for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of our LGBT community in film, television, music, video games and comics by combatting problematic content and instances of defamation, and by working with industry partners and allies to promote content that raises up cultural understanding of LGBT lives.
Prior to arriving at GLAAD, Ray was National Director of Policy & Diversity Advocacy for SAG-AFTRA and, before that, AFTRA’s National Director for Equal Employment Opportunities, a post he helped create in 1999 and held until the 2012 merger with SAG. In that position, he addressed the issues and concerns of the union’s women, seniors, ethnic and racial minorities, minors, persons with disabilities and the LGBT community across the primary media platforms: television and new media performers, broadcast journalists and sound recording artists. His passion rests in challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion through the power of alliances and strategic coalitions in order to further the vision and promise of equal rights.
Hispanic Business Magazine named Ray one of the 100 influential Hispanics in America, and he is listed in the Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans. As past President of the Media Image Coalition, the first multiracial, multicultural and inter-religious media advocacy and education organization in the U.S., he was honored with a 2009 Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year citation for his leadership and vision. He previously lived and worked in Chicago for over 20 years appearing onstage, in commercials, and as an actor and program host on television. Ray is a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). He is currently on the National Executive Board of Pride At Work, which seeks full equality for LGBTQ workers in our workplaces and labor unions.