Since launching the Announcing Equality campaign in 2002, GLAAD has developed a comprehensive list of newspapers in the United States that accept wedding and/or commitment ceremony announcements from gay and lesbian couples. But why submit a wedding announcement? It may not seem important, but just by sharing your story, you can help people to understand our community and see the common ground that we all share.
The first step to changing hearts and minds is sharing your story – it’s the best way to help people understand the LGBT community. But what story do you want to tell?
Share an Announcement:
- Employee Newsletter Profile
- Civil union
- Bar/bat mitzvah
- Transition/name change
Share a Special Occasion:
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- Veteran’s Day
- Coming Out Day
Or shed light on an issue with your story in a letter to the editor
or an op-ed:
- Marriage equality
- Transgender equality
- Employment and housing discrimination
- School safety
These are only some of the stories that can be shared in the media. The list of story ideas or of ways to announce your equality is by no means exhaustive. Get creative!
Why Submit a Wedding Announcement?
Many newspapers accept wedding announcements for gay and lesbian couples, but only 32 percent have actually printed one. Other papers will likely print wedding announcements for gay and lesbian couples, but are less likely to commit to printing one until they’ve had one submitted.
By submitting your wedding announcement with your local paper, you’ll be paving the way for future couples while celebrating a milestone in your life.
The stack of newspapers on the right shows our community’s progress over the last six years. But we’re still not quite there yet. With your help, we can step even closer to our goal of 100 percent of all daily newspapers in the country printing wedding announcements for gay and lesbian couples! If a paper you’ve contacted that had previously said they were unwilling to print an announcement changes their policy, let us know so that we can update the list of Inclusive Newspapers.
Remember, if a paper seems at all hesitant:
- …it may be that nobody’s asked before. If that’s the case, you have an exciting opportunity to pave the way for future couples!
- …once a paper has an actual announcement in hand, it will be more challenging for them to say no.
- …don’t get discouraged. If you run into opposition, don’t be afraid to contact a Media Field Strategist for help.