Ross Murray - Director of Programs, Global and U.S. South

Ross Murray is GLAAD's Director of Programs, focusing on global and the US South. The GLAAD Global Voices program aims to build support for LGBT equality across the globe by sharing culture-changing stories of LGBT people and families in national and international media. The GLAAD Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBT people and their allies in the South to create that cultural shift.

Ross works with individuals and organizations who are bringing LGBT equality to their own environments through their advocacy or their mere presence. He helps them craft a media strategy and prepares to be able to tell that story effectively, and in a way that calls others to action. 

Ross has been consecrated as a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with a specific calling to advocate for LGBT people and to bridge the LGBT and faith communities. 

Ross has secured national media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBT equality across diverse communities in America. He specializes in relationship between religion and LGBT people. He has written and appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Religion News Service. In 2014, he was named one of Mashable's "10 LGBT-Rights Activists to Follow on Twitter."

Ross is also a founder and director of The Naming Project, a faith-based camp for LGBT youth and their allies. The Naming Project has also been the subject of much media, including the award-winning film Camp Out, as well as the controversial episode "Pray the Gay Away?" of Our America with Lisa Ling.