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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Keeping pressure high on the Boy Scouts
GLAAD was on the ground in Dallas last week as Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell delivered more than 300,000 Change.org petition signatures to the Boy Scouts’ headquarters, calling on the group to end its ban on gay scouts and leaders. GLAAD was instrumental to sharing Jennifer’s story in national media outlets, working to cast light on the Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies. Read more.
Challenging anti-gay stereotypes
Following Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s anti-gay comments about African-American lesbian women, GLAAD helped Equality Florida founding executive director Nadine Smith write and place an op-ed in TheGrio.com challenging the notion that lesbians, and women, look “a certain way.” GLAAD also helped promote the #thisiswhatalesbianlookslike campaign launched by The Huffington Post. Read more.
Speaking on the impact of Frank Ocean’s coming out
GLAAD’s Director of Media and Community Partnerships Daryl Hannah spoke to USA Today’s Steve Jones about the impact of R&B artist Frank Ocean discussing a previous same-sex relationship. Said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick: "Frank Ocean's bravery will no doubt help countless young people, who might still be struggling with their identities, realize that it's ok to be who you are.” Read more.
Working to end defamation in Spanish-language media
Recently, GLAAD president Herndon Graddick and Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition delivered 3800 Change.org petition signatures to LBI, distributor of the anti-gay Spanish-language talk show Jose Luis Sin Censura. GLAAD and NHMC have led a more than year-long campaign to stop the show from regularly airing anti-gay language and violence that would not be allowed to air on English-language television. Read more.
GLAAD Presents and Trains at Key Latino Convention
GLAAD recently attended and offered trainings at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) s convention in Orlando, Fla. GLAAD staff presented on the growing body of research that shows strong Latino support for equality. GLAAD’s Spanish-language media director also held a media and messaging training in which participants were able to practice doing interviews.
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