Today, The Opportunity Agenda will hold a National Telebreifing on their recently released study entitled “Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race.” The study analyzed research on LGBT topics in minority-oriented media that was conducted in 2010 and other data pertaining to public opinion on LGBT rights. The study shed light on how LGBT people of color are portrayed in the media and how different LGBT-related topics are discussed.
The study finds that coverage of LGBT issues is more prevalent in online-based media than in traditional print media and that pro-LGBT voices outnumber anti-LGBT ones across the board. Research also showed that African American-themed media did not shy away from topics such as LGBT discrimination, homophobia and HIV/AIDS. Spanish language and Latino media was found to predominantly reinforce the narrative that LGBT rights are the same as civil rights, compounding the idea that anti-equality measures amount to discrimination.
Both groups, however, have room to improve when it comes to in-depth discussions of the daily struggles LGBT people, especially low-income individuals, face in their communities and families. At GLAAD, we have been committed to diversifying those voices, as demonstrated by the pair of Media Institutes held this summer in New York and Los Angeles. Between the two, we welcomed 21 people of color from across the country to gain valuable experience learning about how to share their own stories and discuss real-life LGBT issues with the media.
Today’s National Telebriefing will take place from 2 pm – 3 pm EST. Speakers will include Juhu Thukral (The Opportunity Agenda), Loren Siegel (Loren Siegel Consulting), Kimberley McLeod (National Black Justice Coalition), and Elena Shore (New America Media). They will explore some of the study’s findings and discuss how it relates to their own work. The telebriefing will also include a question and answer segment from the audience. If you are interested in dialing-in, please click the following link to register.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST