GLAAD Kicks Off 2nd Annual National People of Color Media Institute

On Saturday, GLAAD kicked of the 2nd annual National People of Color Media Institute training LGBT community leaders from across the country  to diversify the national conversation about LGBT issues and the community. By increasing the visibility of LGBT and allies of color who can speak powerfully and effectively through various media platforms, GLAAD is helping to change national spokespeople for our movement.

Kicking off the weekend was expert media trainer, Joel Silberman (founder and president of Media Talent 2.0 Inc.), who gave an overview of the LGBT movement and emphasized  the importance of physical presence when engaging through the media.  Following his remarks was a presentation by Director of Media and Community Partnerships, Daryl Hannah, and Spanish-Language Media Strategist, Brian Pacheco, who discussed GLAAD’s past and present work to advance equality for LGBT people. The group also heard a presentation by Media Field Strategist, Marcus Brock, and Director of Spanish-Language Media, Monica Trasandes, on ways to effectively articulate their positions to various types of media outlets, including mainstream outlets as well as community-based ethnic media.

The day ended with one-on-one on-camera mock interviews with Mr. Silberman, who also provided feedback. Day two of the Institute will take place at Bravo Studios, where participants will have the chance to hone the interview skills they’ve learned in a professional setting.

For more information on GLAAD’s People of Color Media program, please visit