Snapshots of Our Work

Wonder what we’re up to at GLAAD? Be sure to check out GLAAD Blog each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment and online media. -- As New York State prepares to vote on marriage equality legislation, GLAAD announced a media training that will help loving New York couples share their stories. The training is part of GLAAD’s work with New Yorkers United for Marriage, a coalition of organizations including Freedom to Marry, Empire State Pride Agenda, Human Rights Campaign and Marriage Equality New York working to secure marriage equality in the Empire State.

Tina Fakhrid-Deen and her mom

-- In honor of Mother’s Day, GLAAD worked with the online magazine, The Root, to share the story of Tina Fakhrid-Deen, who paid tribute to her lesbian mom in an article titled, “Motherhood is not for the faint of heart.” GLAAD also worked closely with a reporter for Spanish-language daily La Opinión to ensure a story on lesbian moms was part of the newspaper’s Mother’s Day Coverage. -- GLAAD was a leading voice in the coverage of the Brazilian Supreme Court decision to legalize civil unions. GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language media was interviewed on CNN en Español and spoke about the importance to Latinos and their families of obtaining marriage equality. -- After country recording artist and The Voice co-host Blake Shelton tweeted violent, anti-gay remarks, GLAAD called on the singer to apologize. Shortly thereafter, Shelton responded saying, “I want my fans and The Voice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!” and apologized for the incident.

Brandon Teena

-- In response to the Omaha World-Herald’s botched coverage of the federal appeal in the Brandon Teena case, GLAAD and a local advocate wrote letters to the editor that were printed in the paper and which not only held the World-Herald accountable, but which also explained why it’s important to properly acknowledge an individual’s gender identity. -- When anti-gay activists attacked Fox’s hit show “Glee” because of its gay and lesbian characters, GLAAD called on a Houston Fox affiliate to apologize for inviting an anti-gay extremist on the air. GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios also spoke out against the bias in mainstream media and penned an article for the Huffington Post which explained “Why Glee Matters.” To get the latest updates and take part in GLAAD’s work to build support for LGBT equality, be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! GLAAD in the News: The Los Angeles Times – Blake Shelton, after blast from gay rights group, says he’s sorry for controversial tweet The Wall Street Journal – ‘The Voice’ coach Blake Shelton apologizes for tweet TIME – FOX affiliate – Is ‘Glee’ gay teen propaganda Entertainment Weekly – GLAAD asks Fox channel in Houston for apology after ‘extremist’ report on gay characters on ‘Glee’ Entertainment Weekly – Blake Shelton has a misunderstanding on Twitter with GLAAD Hollywood Reporter – GLAAD seeks apology from Fox affiliate after anti-gay ‘Glee’ news story The Atlantic – GLAAD President stands up to attacks on ‘Glee’ The Wrap – ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera to host GLAAD’s San Francisco Media Awards – Kim Cattrall will be honored at San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards New York Magazine – GLAAD mad at Houston affiliate over ‘Glee’ Jezebel – ‘Glee’ is worrisomely gay for Fox affiliate Salon – Is ‘Glee’ turning our kids gay? AOL Music – Blake Shelton under fire for gay jokes on Twitter TV Guide – ‘The Voice’s’ Blake Shelton apologizes for anti-gay tweet CNN – Blake Shelton makes Twitter peace with gay group X17 – ‘The Voice’ host Blake Shelton under fire for anti-gay tweet