The Amplifier - February 2011

The Amplifier - February 2011

Sofia Vergara from ABC's Modern Family at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.


Oprah Acknowledges Seven GLAAD Media Awards As Groundbreaking Show Comes to a Close

The Oprah Winfrey Show – now in its 25th and final season – has produced more than 120 groundbreaking shows devoted to telling the stories of gay and lesbian people. Included among them was a 1997 episode in which Ellen DeGeneres told the world that she is a lesbian. That particular show, Oprah pointed out, was the first of seven to be honored with a GLAAD Media Award. Read More...




Celebrities, Media Respond to GLAAD Media Award Nominations

The countdown to the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards began with the release of GLAAD's 2011 nominees! Celebrities and media outlets are celebrating their nominations on Twitter, Facebook and in the news.
See who's talking about the GLAAD Media Awards.




Arkansas Supermarket Censors, Then Possibly Uncensors Elton John Cover

One of GLAAD's Twitter followers alerted us to a grocery store in Arkansas that had put a censor shield over a magazine featuring a photo of Elton John, David Furnish and their newborn baby on its cover. GLAAD quickly took action and phoned both the grocery store and the company's headquarters to ask that the censor shield be removed. Just hours after our call, the company released an official statement apologizing for the incident and removed the shields. Read More...




Letter From GLAAD President
Jarrett T. Barrios

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year. As you read this, GLAAD is busily gearing up for our Media Awards ceremonies in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. This year, as we celebrate 25 years of amplifying the voices of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, we find ourselves entering a new chapter; the next 25 years. While we still have to defend our community from inaccurate reporting and offensive stories about our community, we find ourselves in the unique position to help guide new media like our partnership to take anti-LGBT hate messages and threats of violence off of sites like Facebook.

Not only are we more active in new media, but with getting new voices and stories in front of Americans. We're launching a People of Color Media Training to develop a group of passionate, visible, and diverse leaders to speak in national media outlets on issues that impact LGBT lives. Our Religion, Faith & Values team works with denominational groups and faith leaders to help elevate their voices in the mainstream media. And, in conjunction with the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), GLAAD is preparing a joint complaint to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against the Spanish-language television talk show "José Luis Sin Censura" in response to a string of violent on-air attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Why? Because when people in these communities here our stories, acceptance and understanding about LGBT people grows.

Through our common commitment to sharing stories that build the support for equality, we can move into our next chapter together.


Jarrett T. Barrios


Tax Time Is Here!

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