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.
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- GLAAD’s Spanish-Language Media team helped Detroit mom Anna Hernandez, whose transgender daughter Erica was stabbed to death in mid-December, share her story in local and national media outlets. GLAAD continues to work with Equality Michigan to raise further visibility around Erica’s story as well as the staggering rates of violence facing the transgender community.
- GLAAD is working closely with the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest Black LGBT advocacy organization, to raise visibility around the death of a Florida A&M University student. After witnesses said that Robert Champion Jr. might have been more severely hazed because of his sexual orientation, NBJC launched a national call to action demanding a fair and thorough investigation of his death as a potential hate crime.
- GLAAD was on the ground in Wisconsin to train local leaders the ins-and-outs of media advocacy, building participants’ skills in telling their stories as a way to build support for LGBT equality.
- After GLAAD, HRC and several advocates spoke out against ABC’s new series ‘Work It,’ the network announced that it would cancel the program after just two episodes. Said GLAAD’s Acting President Mike Thompson of the series, “Transphobia is still all too prevalent in our society and this show will only contribute to it. It will reinforce the mistaken belief that transgender women are simply ‘men pretending to be women,’ and that their efforts to live their lives authentically as women are a form of lying or deception.”
GLAAD in the News:
The Associated Press – Sitcom protested by transgenders off the air at ABC
Broadway World – ABC cancels ‘Work It’ after two episodes
CBS News – ‘Work It’ gets pulled from ABC
Chicago Sun-Times – ABC cancels cross-dressing sitcom ‘Work It’
CNN – ABC pulls ‘Work It’ two episodes in
E! Online – ABC pulls the plug on ‘Work It’ after two episodes
Entertainment Weekly – ABC fires polarizing comedy ‘Work It’
Fox News – ABC cancels controversial comedy ‘Work It’
The Hollywood Reporter – ABC pulls ‘Work It’ from schedule
The New York Times – ABC kills ‘Work It’
Perez Hilton – ABC sitcom ‘Work It’ laid off after two episodes
Queerty – ABC pulls the plug on ‘Work It,’ its universally detested drag comedy
USA Today – ABC cancels ‘Work It’ after two episodes
Variety – ABC lays off ‘Work It’