Equality Advocates Gather in Madison, Wisconsin

This past weekend, the Equality Federation held its 2011 Summer Meeting in a place that has recently been a major focal point for political action, Madison, Wisconsin. The event brought together executive directors, staff, and board members of the state-wide LGBT organizations working towards equality and fair public policies across the country. Building on the theme of Wisconsin and the dramatic labor struggle that has unfolded there, the program featured workshops and presentations that highlight intersections between labor, education, health, and other advocacy communities with LGBT organizations. Groundbreaking new research was unveiled and a diverse selection of speakers shared insights on the political landscape for advocates from state, regional, and federal perspectives. Many offered practical tools for state-based organizations to engage with many different types of constituents to form effective coalitions and campaigns. GLAAD was among the organizations that presented at the meeting. Along with our partners, Movement Advancement Project (MAP), One Colorado, and Freedom to Marry, GLAAD staff presented findings on our recent research on communicating effectively with culturally competent messages for Latino audiences. GLAAD also presented on “Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations,” alongside the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and MAP. GLAAD thanks the Equality Federation and congratulates their staff on organizing and hosting such a successful event. We look forward to the momentum from this meeting helping to propel us to many more victories for equality around the country.