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In collaboration with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, GLAAD released the “Healthcare for All” campaign. The public service announcement video, which features trans people and ally family members and healthcare providers discussing the importance of equal access to healthcare, has reached nearly 50,000 views within days of being posted. In addition to the PSA, GLAAD launched www.glaad.org/healthcare to educate people on discrimination in New York State’s Medicaid regulations, which specifically exclude transgender people from receiving the healthcare they need. The website is complete with a shareable infographic, multiple videos, and a petition to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner Nirav Shah asking for a repeal of the regulation. GLAAD’s campaign with the SRLP launched during Transgender Awareness Week and has been featured in LGBT blogs and major media outlets like E! Online News, Entertainment Tonight, The Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, and more. Read more here.

After attending a GLAAD reception in Atlanta, Alissah Brooks was denied entry to the Don Pollo Bar and Grill because she was transgender. While Alissah explores possible courses of action, GLAAD is working with Alissah to let people know that this sort of discrimination is something that transgender people face on a regular basis. Her incident happened during Transgender Awareness Week, and it's important to note that this is one of the issues facing the transgender community.

Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Associate Director of Communications, spoke with The Poynter Institute this week. Poynter, a non-profit journalism school based in Florida, quoted Nick in their article, entitled “Nine ways journalists can do justice to transgender people’s stories.” Nick urged the media to “stop writing the same story,” and said, “there was a time in the 1970s and 80s when every story about a gay person was the coming out narrative. With trans stories we’re still in that period.”  He encouraged journalists to move away from oversimplifications and sensationalism when covering trans-related news. The story also cites GLAAD’s style guide as an effective resource for those interested in using best practices for covering LGBT people and related news. Read the full quote and article here.

Monica Trasandes, GLAAD’s Director of Spanish-Language and Latin@ Media, was interviewed on NBC Universal along with Drian Juarez and Mariana Marroquin of the Gay and Lesbian Center to talk about ENDA for a segment that will soon air.

Just three days ago, the Federal Communications Commission released its decision to hit the producers of the show "José Luis Sin Censura" with a $110,000 fine. The show was rife with virulent anti-gay, anti-woman content that GLAAD worked for many years to call attention to. Two years ago, GLAAD and NHMC (the National Hispanic Media Coalition) began working together and filed the FCC complaint which resulted in the $110,000 fine. Eventually, the show was taken off the air. GLAAD is thankful to all who signed petitions, wrote letters and joined  the call to stand up against defamation.

GLAAD's Director of News, Ross Murray, spoke to Columbia School of Journalism students about covering LGBT stories and issues. The discussion included language, story ideas, as well as past GLAAD advocacy. He introduced the students to the GLAAD Media Reference Guide, which will serve as an important guide for these students as they continue in their journalism vocations.

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