The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association wrapped up their annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, this last weekend. The organization, founded in 1990, has been a gathering point for journalists, media professionals, educators, and students to work within the news industry to increase fair and accurate reporting on LGBT people.
Last year's VMA's inspired Stephen Lovegrove to go public about being a gay Christian, a decision which cost him his job at Charleston Southern University in South Carolina. For this year's VMA's, MTV did a follow up with Stephen, diving further into how his life has changed, and some of the causes that are important to him.
Last week, GLAAD shared with you some of the ways in which you could stand in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson, Missouri. As the story continues to unfold, it brings to light instances of violence and harassment experienced by people of color, as well those who are LGBT, all around the country.
Anti-LGBT activists, who are so obviously down on their luck in a landscape where their "wins" are now few and far between, are looking for any opportunity to capitalize on a conversation that is more prominent, newsworthy, or mainstream than their own personal crusade against basic fairness.