GLAAD Set To Participate In May 30th Panel, "Putting the 'B' in LGBT"

May 20, 2009
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City is joining forces with the Bi Writers Association for a May 30th Summit, "Putting the "B" in LGBT. The Saturday event runs from 11 AM to 6:30 PM. The half day gathering brings highly accomplished bi advocates, activists and key media professionals together with concerned community members to discuss how all parties can promote fair and inclusive portrayals of bi people and issues You can read more about the summit here. And here is an excerpt:
“Many people aren’t quite sure how the ‘B’ fits into LGBT,” says Bruce Anderson, Interim Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center “as a result, mention of bisexual people often goes missing from discussion of LGBT rights issues like marriage equality, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and ENDA in press releases, media coverage and political speeches.”
“We want to marry our same-sex partners, want to stop getting kicked out of the military, need non-discrimination protection at work and hate crimes laws on the street… these issues are very important to the bi community,” says Sheela Lambert, Founder of the Bi Writers Association. “Accuracy of reporting on LGBT issues is compromised when bisexual people are left out of the equation,” Lambert points out.
I'll be speaking on a panel from 5 to 6:30. It is the closing plenary discussion "Putting the “B” in LGBT: How can we do a better job?" In my four years as GLAAD's National News Director I've worked closely with bi activists across the country to respond to media reports that seek to sensationalize bi issues or deem bi people invisible. The May 30th panel will focus on educating journalists about how to cover bi issues in the most fair and responsible way. For more information on the panel contact:
Sheela Lambert 917-583-1797