More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Herndon Graddick and the Gill Foundation go behind the scenes at GLAAD
In a new video, the Gill Foundation has highlighted some of the work we do here at GLAAD. The video, called "Countering Defamation," examines the work done by organizations like GLAAD and the Center for American Progress to counter "opponents who will mischaracterize and mislead to undermine support."
The video examines GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project (CAP), which "aims to put critical information about frequent anti-gay interviewees into the hands of newsrooms, editors, hosts and reporters." GLAAD President Herndon Graddick discusses one of the activists profiled, Bob Vander Plaats, who once called gay people a "public health risk" akin to smoking.
Graddick also discusses the importance of proving the media with the tools needed to accurately portray the lives of LGBT people. He says that providing the media with those tools "affords the media with the cover they need to do the right thing." Check out the video below!
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage