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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Moms speak out in support of equality for Mother’s Day
GLAAD worked with Huffington Post – Gay Voices to share the stories of LGBT and allied moms, including Tracy Rodemeyer, whose son, Jamey, took his life late last year; Jen Tyrrell, who was ousted as leader of her son’s Boy Scouts troop because she’s gay; and Elke Kennedy, whose son, Sean, was brutally murdered because he was openly gay. MTV.com also highlighted some of the stories on its Act blog. Read more.
Celebs join Jen Tyrrell, GLAAD to send Mother’s Day message to the Boy Scouts
Celebrities including Ricky Martin, Julianne Moore, Perez Hilton, Kelly Osbourne and others joined Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell and GLAAD to send a Mother’s Day message to the Boy Scouts of America, calling on the group to end its long history of discrimination against gay scouts and LGBT leaders. So far, more than 275,000 people have signed Jennifer’s Change.org petition demanding action from the Scouts. Read more.
Elevating LGBT-affirming voices of faith
GLAAD helped Dr. Wilhamenia Perry, convener of the LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent and a former social worker of 50 years, place an op-ed about the economic inequalities LGBT families face and their impact on children in The New York Daily News.
Amplifying voices of color
GLAAD worked with Aisha Diori, assistant director of health and wellness at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, to place a feature story on EBONY.com for Mother’s Day, titled “House Mothers”: Motherhood Redefined for LGBT Youth. GLAAD also worked with Pam Spaulding, award-winning blogger and LGBT advocate, as well as Nsenga Burton, Editor-at-Large of The Root in response to North Carolina’s passage of the anti-gay Amendment One.
Ensuring Inclusive Mother’s Day Coverage in Spanish-Language Media
GLAAD’s Spanish-language Media team helped share the story of Nila Marrone and Wilma Ruiz, PFLAG moms who are organizing an international conference next year in Peru, in El Diario La Prensa as well as the morning show “Despierta América,” on Univision.
Monitoring response to President Obama’s historic announcement in support of marriage equality
GLAAD’s Religion, Faith & Values and People of Color Media teams called on the media to fairly and accurately report the response of faith leaders, especially Black and Latino faith leaders, to President Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality.