GLAAD Launches Media Institute for LGBT People of Color, Urges You to Amplify Your Voice

February 8, 2011

GLAAD's Senior Director of Media Programs Rashad Robinson

GLAAD wants to make sure that Americans hear from all voices within our diverse community and now here is your chance to speak out! Today GLAAD announced the launch of a People of Color Media Training Institute as a part of its National People of Color Media Initiative. This Institute, funded by the Arcus Foundation, was created for people of color who are LGBT or LGBT allies, and was designed to train passionate professionals working in national media outlets to speak about issues that impact the lives of LGBT people and their families. The Institute will consist of a two-day advanced spokesperson training program in New York and Los Angeles. Participants will benefit from training in the areas of framing and messaging for on-camera and radio interviews, led by GLAAD staff, leading journalists and talking heads and key media trainers. Want to tell your story with Americans on local and national news outlets? Applicants to the Institute can submit an application through GLAAD’s website at The program will be limited to 25-30 people, who will receive ongoing support, coaching and training from GLAAD staff, including quarterly progress reviews. "While the visibility of LGBT people and issues continues to grow, far too often the voices, views and faces of people of color are underrepresented, if represented at all, in American news, entertainment and online media," said GLAAD’s Senior Director of Media Programs Rashad Robinson. “This initiative will help us elevate more voices and continue GLAAD’s ongoing effort to ensure that LGBT issues are represented in a fair, accurate and inclusive way - celebrating the rich diversity of the community and our allies.”