July 1, 2009, Los Angeles, CA - The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced Dannie Tillman as Director of Field & Community Media. In her new role, Dannie will oversee GLAAD’s team of Media Field Strategists, as well as the programs dedicated to raising visibility of LGBT people of color and LGBT people of faith.
The Media Field Strategy program raises awareness and ensures fair and accurate representations of LGBT people in local media. The Program conducts media relations and spokesperson training workshops across the country, helping LGBT people and their straight allies tell their stories clearly and convincingly. GLAAD helps individuals and local organizations develop media plans, train spokespeople, execute Media Campaigns, identify journalists to share important stories and monitor and fight defamation. The Media Field Strategists also coordinate and oversee media monitoring volunteer groups across the country and respond to inaccuracies and instances of defamation in local news outlets.
In addition to expanding the Media Field Strategy program, Tillman will oversee the Spanish-Language Media, Communities of African Descent, Asian-Pacific Islander and Religion, Faith & Values Programs. These programs are dedicated to advocating that stories of LGBT people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds are told in mainstream, ethnic and Spanish-language media outlets. She will report to Senior Director of Media Programs, Rashad Robinson.
“At the heart of the issues that our community faces are everyday Americans who want the same chance as everyone else to earn a living, be safe in their communities, serve their country, and take care of the ones they love,” said Robinson. “Our continued work advocating for fair, accurate and inclusive images of LGBT people on a local level and within communities of color and faith is a critical part of fostering cultural change and increasing public opinion. Dannie’s passion and proven results will increase visibility and awareness among new audiences to build the public support for our community that leads to equality.”
Tillman joins GLAAD with 15 years of diversified experience executing programs and implementing media strategies focused on advancing opportunities for people from diverse worldviews and communities. Previously, Tillman served as the Director of Communications, Marketing & Brand Strategy for the International Museum of Women. Prior to that, as Director of Communications and Director of Coalitions at Equality California, Tillman executed media strategies for nine pieces of LGBT legislation and the California Supreme Court’s review of in Re Marriage Cases.
“I am thrilled to join GLAAD because its work is critical to increasing acceptance and understanding of our diverse communities,” Tillman said. “Through open community dialogues and ensuring accurate media portrayals, GLAAD’s work is making lasting social and cultural changes for the LGBT community.”
Tillman holds a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law, MA in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University, MA in Black Studies from The Ohio State University and a BA in Liberal Arts from West Virginia University. She will be based in GLAAD’s Los Angeles office.