Distract, educate, and edify yourself during quarantine with GLAAD Media Institute alumni resources

Staying at home can be an ideal time to catch up on content you’ve been wanting to watch, read, or listen to. To help pass the time, here is some content from #GLAADInstitute Alumni to take a look at or a listen to:

What To Watch

Memories Of a Penitent Heart

Memories of a Penitent Heart is a documentary film by GLAAD Media Institute alum Cecilia Aldarondo. The film focuses on Cecilia’s attempt to learn more about her uncle’s death as a result of complications with AIDS. Memories of a Penitent Heart has been presented at numerous film festivals, including Tribeca Film Festival and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and was shown in the PBS series POV in 2017. You can watch Memories of a Penitent Heart from Cecilia Aldarondo on Vimeo.

The Crystal Maze

As we shared in a blog last week, GLAAD Media Institute alum Jan Eastman, and her family, competed on the Nickelodeon show The Crystal Maze. Jan’s episode aired on Friday, March 27th, on Nicelodeon at 7pm EST. Catch up on it for some family fun!


What To Read

Real Talk about LGBTQIA by Tara Coyt

In February, GLAAD shared an interview conducted with Tara Coyt, who wrote Real Talk about LGBTQIAP. Real Talk is a fantastic book to introduce best practices when speaking about LGBTQ issues and identities, or to brush up and make sure you are equipped and up-to-date with language.

XOXY by Kimberly Zieselman

Kimberly Zieselman, one of the first GLAAD Media Institute alumni, and Executive Director of InterACT, released her long-awaited memoir XOXY on March 19th. XOXY deals with Kimberly’s discovery that she is Intersex, and how that discovery impacted both her personal and professional life. You can get a copy of XOXY here

Practicing For Love by Nina Kennedy

Nina Kennedy, a GLAAD Media Institute alum from New York and accomplished concert pianist, also released her memoir Practicing For Love recently, on March 22nd. Nina’s memoir discusses her experiences in the music industry, and perspectives she has gained as a black woman in the industry. The book also promises stories including celebrities like Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, and even Hillary Clinton. You can get a copy of Practicing For Love from the publisher here.


What To Listen To

This Is Edafe Okporo

This Is Edafe Okporo is an ongoing podcast about GLAAD Media Institute alum Edafe Okporo’s experiences as a political refugee building his life in the United States. In March, Edafe released a series of podcast episodes about LGBTQ Nigerians in diaspora. You can access Edafe’s podcasts through services like Apple and Spotify

Ross Murray on Vennly

Ross Murray, The Senior Director for Education & Training at the GLAAD Media Institute, is also a Deacon and has begun sharing spiritual reflections through the service Vennly. He has shared a reflection on his commitment to LGBTQ advocacy and equality. Ross also shared a reflection on social distancing.

Transportation Radio

Listen to "Transportation and Equity with Tamika Butler, Toole Design" on Spreaker.

GLAAD Media Institute alum Bernie Wagenblast uses his expertise on transportation system an isssues to host the podcast Transportation Radio. In the episode titled ‘Transportation and Equity,’ Bernie speaks with Tamika Butler, the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Toole Design, to talk about the challenges that transportation professionals face when trying to ensure that their systems keep equity at the top of mind and are as inclusive as possible.


The GLAAD Media Institute is offering virtual courses and workshops to activists and advocates around the country, and world, in the weeks to come. Click here to learn more about how to join a course or workshop and use your voice as a GLAAD Media Institute alum.