Amplifier February 2010 - Snapshots of Our Work

Snapshots of Our Work

Snapshots of Our Work provides you with weekly updates on the work of GLAAD in its different programmatic areas.

Week of February 8, 2010


National News: Spotlighting Gay Service Members Who Suffer Under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell  

In the wake of President Obama’s call to repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ during his State of the Union address, GLAAD worked with Photographer Jeff Sheng to promote Sheng’s new photobook, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Volume I. The book is the first-ever portrait series to feature closeted military personnel currently serving under federal law that mandates the discharge of gay men and lesbians in the United States armed forces. GLAAD is working with national media to raise awareness about the book to mainstream news outlets to highlight the concrete harms that burden brave men and women who serve their country but are forced to lie about who they are.

The Los Angeles Times – February 2, 2010
“’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Photography Project Continues as Military Leaders Mull Lifting Gay Ban”

Entertainment Media: LGBT Film Featured at cineGLAAD Wins Audience Award at Sundance  

GLAAD was on the ground at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to raise awareness for the films with LGBT content and by LGBT filmmakers. This year GLAAD partnered with the Sundance Institute as an Institute Associate and produced cineGLAAD, a series of panels on LGBT film topics. 
cineGLAAD’s three panels focused on: best practices for promoting an LGBT film with leading entertainment industry publicists, the film 8: the Mormon Proposition with the cast of the film and the future of queer cinema with Academy Award winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
By inviting media and entertainment industry professionals to the panels, GLAAD aimed to help bring these important LGBT stories to wider audiences. Contracorriente (Undertow), from out director Javier Fuentes-León, received the World Cinema Audience Award – Dramatic at the end of the festival and received a distribution agreement from Wolfe Video. The film tells the story of a Peruvian fisherman who has a passionate affair with a handsome artist.

See additional highlights from cineGLAAD.

View videos from panels and exclusive interviews.

Religion, Faith & Values: Amplifying the American Prayer Hour, Spotlighting Dangers of Uganda Anti-Gay Legislation  

GLAAD co-sponsored and provided strategic planning and media assistance to launch the first American Prayer Hour at the National Press Club followed by events in 17 cities to raise the share the stories of faith leaders who are asking for Uganda and the world to decriminalize LGBT people.

The Washington, D.C. launch included Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in The Episcopal Church andMoses, a gay Ugandan man who is seeking asylum in the US, who had to speak with a bag over his head to avoid retribution under the proposed law in Uganda that includes the death penalty for gays and an extradition clause for gay Ugandans anywhere in the world.

The American Prayer Hour was an alternative to The National Prayer Breakfast, which gained notoriety for its links to Ugandan MP David Bahati, who sponsored the anti-gay bill. President Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast and, with urging from coalitions such as the American Prayer Hour, Obama called the proposed anti-gay law in Uganda “odious” and “unconscionable.”

The New York Times, MSNBC, USA Today, Religion News Service, Wall Street Journal, Christian Post, bloggers and LGBT media covered American Prayer Hour events, reaching diverse audiences across the United States.

GLAAD collaborated on the American Prayer Hour with the Human Rights Campaign, The Task Force, the National Black Justice Coalition, Metropolitan Community Church, PFLAG, Progressive Christians Uniting, Truth Wins Out, Two Spirit Press Room, Arcus and Haas Jr. to convene American Prayer Hour gatherings, with key events in Washington, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Berkeley, Dallas, Boston, Anchorage, and Atlanta.

MSNBC Rachel Maddow – February 4, 2010
“Standing up for gay civil rights”

The New York Times – February 3, 2010
“National Prayer Breakfast draws controversy”

USA Today – February 4, 2010
“Obama wades into prayer politics with Tim Tebow, ‘Family’”

Wall Street Journal – February 5, 2010
“Photos of the Week”

Religion News Service – February 2, 1010
“Gay groups pressure Obama over prayer breakfast”

Associated Baptist Press – February 4, 2010
“Obama, Clinton at prayer breakfast denounce Ugandan anti-gay proposal”

Christian Post – February 3, 2010
“Religious left form alternative to Nat’l Prayer Breakfast”

Towleroad – February 5, 2010
“Gay Ugandan launches LGBT response to ‘National Prayer Breakfast’

Digital & Online Media: Training Advocates to Inspire Change Online  

GLAAD’s Programs team attended the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference. The Programs staff met with local organizations to discuss how to partner on media trainings in the coming years. GLAAD also conducted a New Media Training Institute with the Gill Foundation and Gill Action. LGBT advocates and organizations explored best practices to utilize digital media and online community-building strategies to enhance their organizations' engagement of constituents, public education and advocacy goals. GLAAD, together with the Gill Foundation and Gill Action coordinated scholarships for organizational representatives to attend.

Media Field Strategy: Amplifying the Voices of Inclusive Faith Leaders in New Mexico  

GLAAD and The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) traveled to New Mexico to train faith leaders to speak in support for a domestic partnership bill—HB 21—being decided upon by the state legislature. Hosted by Equality New Mexico, the training prepared those leaders to speak during a community meeting about the bill. That meeting was attended by over 50 community leaders including two state senators and a house representative.

GLAAD in the News  

Towleroad, AfterElton, Bay Area Reporter and report on GLAAD’s call for CBS to increase LGBT inclusion.

Passport and FH Out Front discuss GLAAD’s spotlight on LGBT inclusive Academy Award nominees.