GLAAD brings together global LGBT advocates to discuss media and advocacy

Today, GLAAD hosted international media figures and LGBT advocates in a panel event – Global Voices and Media Messages of LGBT People.

The panel event happened while heads of state and diplomats from around the world began gathering in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.  International LGBT advocates will talk about the media context in their countries, their interactions with the media, and especially a focus on how they encourage pro-LGBT and address anti-LGBT messages.

GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis outlined GLAAD's international work, touching on the Spanish Language Media Program, the Sochi Olympics, Ireland marraige equality, LGBT acceptance in Nigeria, and moving into current projects like taking Spirit Day global.

Keynote presentations included CNN business reporter Richard Quest, as well as USAID Senior LGBT Coordinator, Todd Larson. The two men spoke of the different roles that the media, international figures, government, and civil society play in both advancing LGBT equality, and often setting up barriers and roadblocks to it.

The panel of international LGBT advocate included Monica Trasandes, Programs Director, Spanish-Language and Latino Media at GLAAD; Geena Rocero, transgender fashion model and activist from Manilla; Yvonne Oduor, program coordinator for None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa; and Jessica Stern, Executive Director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.

The panel focused on what advocates are doing on the ground to bring visibility to the LGBT community. Beyond visibility, they discussed the need to create narratives that keep LGBT people safe, and can advance understanding and acceptance.

The panel event was a part of GLAAD's Global Voices, initiative aims to build support for LGBT equality across the globe by sharing stories of LGBT people and their families around the world.

Check out photos and tweets from the event below: