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GLAAD successfully pitched the debut music video of transgender artist and activist KOKUMO, which premiered on Huffington Post's Gay Voices. KOKUMO's video is for the title track of her EP, There Will Come a Day, and deals with the sensitive and urgent issue of violence facing trans women of color. The video release coincided with wide media attention around hip hop radio DJ Mister Cee, whose alleged sexual history with transgender women sparked conversations among trans advocates and allies about the shame associated with attraction to trans women – and ultimately with being a trans woman. Read more.

GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project is leading news organizations, like NBC News, to call out anti-LGBT activists. This week NBC News ran a comprehensive profile on one of the more extreme anti-LGBT activists, Scott Lively. GLAAD has featured Scott Lively on its Commentator Accountability Project, which will continue be relevant as Lively takes credit for Russia's extreme anti-LGBT laws. Read more.

GLAAD highlighted the new documentary film 'The New Black,' which follows six African-American faith leaders to explore how Black, faith, and LGBT communities intersected in Maryland's campaign for marriage equality. The film is coming to small and large audiences through Tugg, which is organizing screenings in both theaters and churches. Read more.

GLAAD spoke out about the latest interview by Pope Francis, in which he continued to shift away from attacking LGBT people. “Pope Francis today opened the door for LGBT people like me, who grow up in the Catholic Church, to be embraced, rather than condemned from afar," said GLAAD National Spokesperson, Wilson Cruz. "Though a growing number of Catholics already support gay and lesbian individuals, this is the first time that a Pope has recognized the harm that the Roman Catholic hierarchy’s campaigns against LGBT people and families have caused. We urge Bishops, Cardinals and Church leadership to listen to today’s message from Pope Francis and join him in putting an end to the rejection and pain that too many LGBT Catholics and our families face.” Read more.

GLAAD’s Spanish-language and Latino Media team worked to ensure LGBT Latinos were prominently featured in coverage of Pope Francis’ recent statements. We pitched and placed guests who were booked to appear on Café CNN and on Sin Limites on CNN Latino. By sharing their stories, guests Juan del Hierro and Rosa Manriquez were able to give viewers a fresh perspective from the point of view of a gay Catholic and of an LGBT-supportive mom. GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language Media was also interviewed for Noticiero Univision.


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