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GLAAD was all over the Supreme Court ruling that struck down DOMA and Prop 8. GLAAD spokesperson Omar Sharif Jr. talked about the decisions and their impact on CBC News. Sharif discussed the plaintiff's reactions to the news and what the future could look like for LGBT rights in America.
Following the Supreme Court decision on two cases critical to marriage equality, GLAAD released an infographic showing the rise in LGBT characters on television over the past ten years along with marriage equality approval ratings from national polling results. In a 2008 poll conducted by Harris Interactive in conjunction with GLAAD, 34% of respondents who reported more favorable opinions of the LGBT community over the previous year cited seeing gay or lesbian characters on TV as the reason for their growing support. For more than 25 years GLAAD has been working with Hollywood to ensure LGBT-inclusive storylines in order to build such support.
Ross Murray, Director of News and Faith Initiatives at GLAAD, appeared on Arise Entertainment 360 to discuss the SCOTUS rulings, marriage equality, the Voter Rights Act, and LGBT Pride Month. Murray also spoke with WPIX 11 News in New York about the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings and their effect on the LGBT community.
The day the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and Prop 8, the bells of the National Cathedral in Washington DC rang out for marriage equality. GLAAD worked with the Cathedral to create a press conference and prayer service in support of marriage equality.
GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media Team was busy this week working with so many media outlets on coverage of the historic Supreme Court rulings. We media trained and pitched and placed many couples and leaders who, by telling their stories, made real the importance of these historic decisions. We also helped placed Latino LGBT people in couples in English-language media, including on Los Angeles radio, on KCRW's "Why Way LA."
GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media director appeared on Directo USA on CNN Latino, on "Sin Limites Con Elizabeth Espinosa," also on CNN Latino and did several print interviews. Strategist Brian Pacheco was interviewed on "El Show de Erazno y la Chokolata," a radio show heard nationally on over 15 stations in California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada; as well as on "Noticias 22," MundoFox's local newscast for the Los Angeles area.
Dave Montez, acting GLAAD President, wrote an op-ed piece on immigration reform for The Hill. Montez took time to indict the politicians of the US for their failure to legislate the public's will and their work to further push LGBT families into a second class tier. He discussed how politicians on both sides of the aisle have disappointed all LGBT people at their allies with their disregard for the best interests of American citizens and those who wish to be become Americans.
GLAAD took to the streets! GLAAD staff was on the ground, marching in the 9th Annual Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice in NYC. The event was a call to action, organized by The Audre Lorde Project and TransJustice, to bring attention to the disproportionate rates of violence facing the trans and gender non-conforming people of color communities, and to call for social and economic justice.
GLAAD was the official media sponsor for Trans Pride L.A. 2013. The event was presented by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and co-sponsored by Gender Justice LA, the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, and the Transgender Law Center. The event was kicked off by GLAAD Media Award winner Laverne Cox.
GLAAD interviewed Captain Dennis Starr (formerly known as Lieutenant Dennis Croft) following the season finale of Small Town Security. This season Starr continued to tell the story of his transition and the impact it had on those around him. Viewers watched as Starr received his legal court-ordered name change and underwent chest reconstruction surgery. In the interview, Starr, one of the few transgender men currently on television, shared his hopes about what viewers might learn about trans people by watching the show.