Snapshots: Creating Change 2014 conference, launching Global Voices, and GLAAD Media Awards nominees

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GLAAD spent several days at Creating Change, the largest annual organizing and skills-building event for the LGBT community and their allies, at which several GLAAD staff presented. Media Strategist Dani Heffernan teamed up with Reina Gossett from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project to host "Social Media: New Media Training Institute" and discuss the transgender health care campaign, "Healthcare For All." Monica Trasandes and Janet Quedaza, from GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media team, presented "Contando tu Historia: Trabajando con los medios de comunicación" or "Telling your Story: Talking to Spanish-language press" as a part of the Latino Institute. Tiq Milan, Senior Media Strategist, spoke about violence against trans youth and Ross Murray, Director of News, contributed to the panel, "The Psychology of Debunking LGBT Myths, Lies & Misinformation in the Media" in addition to collaborating with Believe Out Loud to present on ""LGBT Voices of Faith in the Media – YOURS." Dani and Tiq also spoke on a panel about trans people in the media with fellow advocates Reina, Monica Roberts, and Laverne Cox.  Read more and see pictures from #CC14 here.

GLAAD released a resource guide, "Russia's Olympic Playbook," for journalists covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and thereby launched GLAAD's Global Voices program. The program aims to build support for LGBT equality across the globe by sharing stories of LGBT people and their families around the world. In particular, the Playbook was created to to equip reporters with critical information on Russia's anti-LGBT laws and ensuing violence, as well as with best practices for reporting on the matter. Read more here.

This week GLAAD announced the nominees for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community. The 130 nominees in 29 English and Spanish-language categories reflect the diversity of our community with many of the nominated projects telling the stories of transgender and bisexual people, as well as people of color and people with disabilities. Visit to see a complete list of nominees, and join us in NY and LA as we celebrate another year of changing the culture through the power of the media.

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