GLAAD releases guide for covering Georgia's LGBT community

Today, GLAAD released, in collaboration with Georgia Equality, Southern Stories: A Guide for Reporting on LGBT People in Georgia, a resource for journalists and media organizations in South Carolina reporting on the LGBT community.

"LGBT acceptance in Georgia is making progress, but the work is far from done," said Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO & President of GLAAD. "This reference guide will help the media effectively tell the stories of LGBT Georgians to help build understanding and change hearts and minds."

 

This media guide, which you can view and download here, comes after GLAAD's Accelerating Acceptance report showed that 61% of American southerners show discomfort towards the LGBT community. The resourced released today contains both triumphant and tragic story leads, a glossary of terms and definitions frequently used in reporting, offensive terms to avoid, and common pitfalls. It also includes a timeline outlining Georgia's history on LGBT issues from 1971 to today.

Despite recent advances in LGBT rights nationwide, there is still much work to be done to achieve full LGBT equality and acceptance in Georgia. Marriage equality is ahead of employment protections for the LGBT community, for example. Southern Stories: A Guide for Reporting on LGBT People in Georgia will also feature suggested stories of LGBT military members and people living with HIV, both of whom face discrimination regularly. Another focus point is the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race, specifically in the Black and Latino communities.

You can learn more about GLAAD's work to accelerate acceptance in the US South at glaad.org/southernstories.

Over the summer, GLAAD visited Atlanta, Athens, and Newnan in the Peach State as part of the Southern Stories Summer Tour, met with leading regional and statewide advocates for LGBT equality, and shared the stories of GA-based LGBT folks accelerating acceptance in their state. GLAAD documented some of the trip's highlights and shared them online:

The new guide, which was informed by GLAAD's on-the-ground involvement with the state's LGBT community, is part of GLAAD's U.S. South initiative. "Southern Stories: A Guide for Reporting on LGBT People in Georgia" aims to positively showcase the lives of, and build acceptance for, the LGBT community in southern states. This is done through sharing the stories of people from a wide array of backgrounds, including faith-based organizations, sports teams, military personnel, and more. GLAAD will continue to work with the Georgia media to ensure positive portrayal of the LGBT community in the Peach State.

Check out GLAAD's original mini-documentary, "GLAAD Presents: State of Change - Georgia" here: