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The Amplifier - November 2009

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A Note from GLAAD President Jarrett T. Barrios
If you couldn’t marry the person you love, what would you do? This is a question that everyone, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight, needs to ask themselves. It is a question that millions of voters have grappled with from Maine to Washington and everywhere in between. It is a question I have asked myself many times at home with my husband Doug. The answer is that we must demand that we are accepted and valued for our contributions to this country. And this is what GLAAD works towards every day. That the victims of heinous and cowardly acts have their stories told to put a stop to hate violence. That images of our lives are displayed in the mosaic of faces that make up this great country we live in so that we can not only gain legal equality but full equality. continue reading...

LA Leadership Council Gets Involved

Change From the Ground Up
In 1961, President Kennedy asked the famous question in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, leading the way for an entire generation of community activists to become personally involved in societal change. Today, our lives seem to be over saturated and over scheduled whether from work, family or even an active social life. Honestly, when we think about social activism it may be easier to just write a check instead of adding another responsibility to the list. But, in a time when so much is at stake in the advancement of full equality, some of us may want to find a way to do more. continue reading...

Planned Giving

Not Just for Retirees
We’ve all heard the term planned giving. But, what does it really mean? And, is planning your donations or “gifts” really something folks under 65 should care about? “Absolutely!” advises GLAAD Board Member and Legacy Circle Donor Mike Schaefer, “Most people think gift planning is something to contemplate upon retirement. But you wouldn’t wait until retirement to start funding your 401K, right? The same goes for gift planning – the sooner you start thinking of your giving as part of a life-long plan, the more you’ll see the impact your gifts can build.” Plus, there is a wide array of tax benefits that gift planning can open up to you in all stages of your life. But before delving into the details, an easy brief introduction on what gift planning really is. continue reading...

Recent Initiatives

Entertainment Media

New GLAAD PSA with Sofia Vergara Educates Viewers of a Top Spanish-Language Network
Religion, Faith & Values

GLAAD Provides Media Assistance for a Mormon Organization’s Historic Trek
Media Field Strategy

GLAAD Holds Trainings to Help Floridians Take a Stand Against the Adoption Ban in Florida
Sports Media

Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Apologizes for Anti-Gay Slur After GLAAD Reaches out to the NFL
To read more about our recent initiatives, visit www.glaad.org/tags/snapshots.

Upcoming Events

Support GLAAD by attending one of our upcoming events in Boston, Los Angeles or New York City. Also purchase tickets or become a table host for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York or Los Angeles. Tickets for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco will be on sale soon.