Resources for media
GLAAD has several couples and experts who can speak to the media about the importance of marriage equality, DOMA and Prop 8 from a variety of perspectives.
To book any of these contacts, please contact:
Senior Manager of Communications
Director of News and Faith Initiatives
Gregory T. Angelo is the Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. Angelo also serves as Executive Director of the Liberty Education Forum, a non-partisan think tank that advocates a message of gay acceptance among conservatives and people of faith throughout the United States. He is a resident of Washington, D.C., where he is active in LGBT politics. He was an Alternate Delegate for Newt Gingrich in the 2012 election cycle.
Noemi Masliah, law partner at Masliah & Soloway, a founder of Immigration Equality, THE DOMA Project and former co-chair of Lambda Legal Defense is Cuban-born and a native Spanish speaker. She emigrated with her family from her birthplace in Havana, Cuba to the United States as a child and grew up in NYC. She attended Queens College and Yeshiva Univ. Cardozo Law School. Ms. Masliah has practiced immigration law since 1980 and has worked extensively in all aspects of immigration law becoming a recognized expert in the field with frequent speaking engagements, written articles, interviews and panel discussions at legal conferences and law schools. Ms. Masliah advises corporate clients on compliance with immigration law and regulations. She is also a Trustee of the American Immigration Council and would be able to speak to both marriage equality and comprehensive immigration reform.
Jay Michaelson is the author of four books and two hundred articles on religion, sexuality, and ethics. His most recent book, God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon), was an Amazon.com bestseller and Lambda Literary Award finalist. Jay is a contributor to CNN, NPR, the Jewish Daily Forward, Religion Dispatches, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Jay is also the founder of Nehirim, a national LGBT Jewish community. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, B.A. from Columbia, and an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence.
Nanette Lee Miller is West Coast Partner-in-Charge of Assurance Services at Marcum LLP and head of the national accounting and advisory firm's LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice Group, which she founded in 2011. Based in Marcum's San Francisco office, in May 2013 Miller was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and also was the 2010 recipient of the AICPA/CalCPA Women to Watch - Experienced Leader Award.Millerhas more than 30 years experience in public accounting. She is a frequent speaker about tax planning and personal finance for same-sex couples and other nontraditional families, and has been interviewed extensively by the national media about the impact of DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) on LGBT taxpayers.
Aisha C. Moodie-Mills is the Advisor for LGBT Policy & Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress. Her work explores the intersections of race, sexual orientation, economics, and public policy. She has been recognized as one of the top “Forty Under 40” national LGBT leaders by The Advocate, and as one of The Root‘s 100 emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. Aisha was also a key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of marriage equality in the District of Columbia. Throughout her career, Aisha has served as a political advisor and private-sector liaison to more than 50 members of Congress including six senators and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Lavi Soloway came to the United States from Canada in 1989 to study law. His personal and professional life soon led him to build a national grassroots movement at the intersection of two high-profile political issues: marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples and immigration reform. A partner in the New York/Los Angeles law firm of Masliah & Soloway, his work includes all matters of family and employment-based immigration, citizenship, representation of asylum applicants and defense of individuals threatened with deportation. As a prominent gay rights advocate, Lavi Soloway founded the national LGBT organization Immigration Equality in 1993. In 1999 he helped write the Uniting American Families Act, a bill that would provide immigration rights for the same-sex partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The bill is still awaiting a vote by Congress. In 2010, with his law partner, Noemi Masliah, he launched the DOMA Project, a campaign to stop the deportations, separations and exile of binational lesbian and gay couples. Now an American citizen, Lavi Soloway lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Sebastian, and their daughter, Lily.
The Rev. Dr. Jorge Delgado is a member of the Public Policy Commitee in the national offices of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), as well as, volunteer clergy in Spanish Outreach Ministries in Washington, D.C. Rev. Delgado provides leadership in the Global Justice Ministries of the Metropolitan Community Churches and the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN). Jorge was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Churches in 1996. He has led organizing efforts in the passing of the same-sex marriage in Maryland and in Washington, D.C. He is available to speak to the media in English and Spanish.
The Reverend Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. She is ordained in the Presbyterian USA Church. She has been adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her Ph.D. is in psychology and religion. Leading to the New York State Senate vote on marriage equality in 2011, Rev. Lewis and Middle Collegiate Church sang civil rights songs on the steps on City Hall in New York City and traveled to Albany to stand for marriage equality. Middle Church also hosted a marriage equality concert with Broadway actors to raise money for marriage equality organizations. The first Sunday churches could bless same-sex weddings legally in New York State, Rev. Lewis presided over a triple wedding ceremony during the regular morning worship celebration. Middle Church started performing same-gender commitment ceremonies in the 1980s.
Rosa Manríquez is the mother of two lesbian daughters, one of whom married before Proposition 8 was established, grandmother, and a longtime member of the Southeast Los Angeles community. She is also a leader in her church, Immaculate Heart of Mary. She wishes to see her two daughters married. She can talk about support in faith communities for LGBT people. Available in English and Spanish.
The Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer is Executive of the Office for Health and Wholeness Advocacy of Wider Church Ministries in the national offices of the United Church of Christ (UCC), as well as, Executive Director of UCAN Inc, the United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network. Rev. Schuenemeyer provides leadership in U.S. and globally on HIV & AIDS and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns. Mike was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1984. He has led the organizing efforts for the UCC in repealing the ban on gay Scouts and leaders and is on the ground at the BSA meeting in Dallas.
Rev. Roland Stringfellow works to create dialogs on the topic of LGBTQ equality with congregations as the Director of Ministerial Outreach with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Sexuality on the campus of Pacific School of Religion. He has conducted multiple workshops on the topics of race, religion, class and sexuality. In 2011, Roland became licensed with the United Church of Christ and The Fellowship churches, a predominately African-American denomination with an outreach to LGBT individuals. He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California. In addition to all his work within church contexts, Roland also worked in the field of education in a variety of capacities – teacher, guidance counselor, college advisor, and vice-principal.