GLAAD Global Voices returns to the United Kingdom

GLAAD’s Director of Programs, Global and US South, Ross Murray, spent the last week in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh to revisit some of the people and organizations with whom GLAAD began working last October as part of the Global Voices program. Murray also developed new relationships with several additional LGBT advocates across the United Kingdom.

Last October, GLAAD expanded its commitment to accelerating acceptance of the LGBT community around the globe. The launch of GLAAD UK was one part of that commitment, and this  most recent trip continues and builds upon that work. GLAAD is partnering with organizations to empower local advocates to share their stories in local and national media to help move hearts and minds across the UK and beyond.

Murray is also meeting with Nigerian LGBT advocates to discuss how GLAAD can be an asset to the work they're doing in the country.

These actions are the latest steps in GLAAD’s global work. Last month, Murray was in Beijing, representing GLAAD at the Chinese Rainbow Media Awards, an event that celebrated fair and accurate depictions of LGBT people in Chinese media. This is just the latest in GLAAD's ongoing work with advocates in China, where LGBT people are regularly marginalized.

Check out photos from the visit around the UK below:

Meeting with's London staff

Hot dog spot owned by Merissa Hermer, star of Bravo's "Ladies of London"

Human Dignity Trust's Jonathan Cooper presents on crimanlization of LGBT people around the globe

Sparkle, based in Manchester, hosts what they boast to be the largest trans convention

Manchester's LGBT Foundation's staff

LGBT Foundation in Manchester

Ross in Manchester with a statue of Alan Turing, subject of the GLAAD Media Award-winning film, The Imititation Game



I just educated these young Brits about the work of @glaad . Here's hoping they go purple for #spiritday

A photo posted by Ross Murray (@inlayterms) on

Flyers for Equality Network in Scotland


GLAAD extends its thanks to Google and The Louis L. Borick Foundation for generously underwriting the Global Voices initiative. 

Photos by Ross Murray