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GLAAD and members of the Los Angeles trans community met with editors and staff members at the Los Angeles Times for an honest discussion about issues that uniquely affect trans people in Los Angeles, and the LA Times' coverage of the trans community. The meeting stemmed from a problematic article published in the Los Angeles Times in February about the death of Cassidy Vickers, a trans woman who was brutally murdered. The LA Times acknowledged that there were issues with the Vickers article, and committed to an internal training on transgender issues, and asked GLAAD to review their internal style guide for transgender issues. Read more.
GLAAD joined thousands to call on Smith College to end the school's policy that unfairly rejects the admission applications of certain trans women. After trans woman applicant Calliope Wong was denied admission to the college because the gender marker on her FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) did not match her stated gender identity as female, the student group Smith Q&A launched a Change.org petition urging Smith to change its admissions policy. Read more.
GLAAD and Faithful America delivered over 18,000 signatures with Nicholas Coppola to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, asking that Nicholas be allowed to resume his involvement in his Long Island parish. The diocese refused to meet with Nicholas, but received the petition. His story continues to highlight the disconnect between the Roman Catholic Hierarchy and everyday Catholics who overwhelmingly support LGBT people. Read more.
GLAAD worked closely with We Happy Trans and This is H.O.W. to elevate the Trans 100 list, an inaugural overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by and for the transgender community across the United States. The Trans 100 list broke on Buzzfeed, and was shared by The Huffington Post, Queerty, Metro Weekly, and more. Read more.
On the National Immigration Day of Action, GLAAD joined over 20 other LGBT organizations to stand in solidarity with the advocates and groups that marched to pressure Congress to pass fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform. The groups also called on media to tell the stories of undocumented people that shed light on the many ways the broken immigration system harms millions of Americans. Read more.
GLAAD is calling on The Dove Foundation to revise its review of Love Free or Die, the award-winning documentary film about openly gay bishop Gene Robinson. The Dove Foundation refused to give Love Free or Die a "Family Approved" rating, because the film features a loving gay couple and their family. GLAAD is calling its members to support a petition to reverse the decision and say that LGBT families are "family approved." Read more.
GLAAD is continuing to work with students at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, after professor Erik Thoennes made inflammatory comment - equating having an LGBTQ identity with being a racist - at a school-sponsored panel on sexuality last semester. Audio of the event only recently surfaced. In response, openly-queer alumnus Jos Charles started a petition, demanding an apology from Dr. Thoennes and a commitment from the university to include pro-LGBT voices in all futures campus-wide conversations about sexuality. Read more.