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GLAAD announces 2nd Annual National People of Color Media Institute

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National media program to bring diverse LGBT and allied voices and stories to Americans

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

May 1, 2012

New York, NY, May 1, 2012 – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced the 2nd Annual National People of Color Media Training Institute as a part of the organization's National People of Color Media Initiative. The Media Training Institute, funded by the ARCUS Foundation and created specifically for people of color who are LGBT or LGBT allies, develops passionate and visible leaders to speak in national media outlets about issues that impact the lives of LGBT people and their families.

“While there have been major strides to increase visibility around the stories and issues LGBT people face, far too often the voices, views and faces of LGBT and allied people of color are underrepresented, if represented at all,” said Herndon Graddick, President of GLAAD. “Our community needs to work together to change this. We are extremely proud to host this program which will help our community elevate more voices and celebrate the rich diversity of the community and our allies."

The Institute will consist of a two-day, training program in New York (August 24-26) and Los Angeles (September 7-9), where GLAAD staff, leading journalists and key media trainers will develop Institute participants with best practices for on-camera and radio interviews.

In its first year, GLAAD worked with 30 LGBT and ally advocates through the National People of Color Media Institute. As a result, their stories and views reached millions through national media outlets including National Public Radio (NPR), Black Enterprise, Ebony, as well as community and ethnic media outlets such as  El Diario, The Afro and New York Amsterdam News.  

“Since the training Institute I have participated in interviews with CNN en Español and major local print and radio media outlets in Washington, DC such as, El Tiempo Latino (Washington Post) and El Zol 107.9fm,” said David Perez, President of the Latino GLBT History Project. “GLAAD has been there every step of the way helping me increase the visibility of LGBT Latinos through media interviews and  highlighting the important work of the Latino GLBT History Project in the nation’s capital to empower LGBT Latinos and educate the public about our history and significant contributions to society.”

Applicants to the Institute are asked to submit an application through GLAAD's website: http://www.glaad.org/programs/pocmedia. The program is free of charge andwill be limited to 20-25 people, and participants will receive ongoing support, coaching and training from GLAAD staff, including quarterly progress reviews.