Contribution to Support GLAAD's Student Fellowship Program
February 10, 2009, Los Angeles, CA – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today that it was the recipient of a $33,000 contribution from AT&T. The contribution was awarded to the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization to support its Student Fellowship Program, which trains and prepares young adults for future professional success by providing hands-on experience working with GLAAD staff and other media professionals.
The Student Fellowship Program has a dual impact by expanding GLAAD's resources to change hearts and minds, and adding young, vital voices to GLAAD's work. The fellows assist in GLAAD's ongoing work to promote and ensure fair, accurate and inclusive representations of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
"We are proud to continue our relationship with AT&T, who has been a generous corporate partner for many years," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "Their support of our culture changing work and their commitment to training the next generation of leaders is critical as we continue to bring attention to the common ground we all share."
GLAAD's fellows work across all departments and in GLAAD's Media Programs including the Spanish Language, Communities of African Descent, Transgender Advocacy as well as the Religion, Faith, and Values Media Programs. Media Program fellows assist GLAAD staff in training LGBT and LGBT-friendly advocates to speak about LGBT issues, responding to anti-gay defamation in the media and pitching fair and accurate stories about the lives of LGBT people across media platforms.
"By nature of its hard work, determination and successful track record, GLAAD is raising the LGBT bar in all forms of media," said AT&T External Affairs Executive Director, Troup B. Coronado, Esq. "Advancing messages of diversity, equality and inclusion, GLAAD's prominence in the media is helping drive awareness of the simple fact that we can all accomplish more when we feel free to be ourselves in an open and inclusive society."
To download the check presentation photo featuring GLAAD President Neil Giuliano and Troup B. Coronado, please visit: http://www.glaad.org/2009/releases/images/attcheckpresentation.jpg.
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