Snapshots: Proud to Play, #JusticeForJane, Laverne Cox's TIME cover, and more

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GLAAD partnered with YouTube to launch the #ProudToPlay campaign, a celebration of LGBT equality in sports. The campaign, which is a follow-up to YouTube's hugely successful 2013 #ProudToLove campaign, will be seen by tens of millions across the globe and is featured on YouTube's homepage, as well as the Google homepage. Read more.

GLAAD was on the ground in New York as Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, announced a National Park Service theme study designed to recognize places and events associated with the civil rights struggle of LGBT Americans. Secretary Jewell was joined by New York City Councilmember (and former GLAAD staff) Corey Johnson and Philanthropist Tim Gill in front of the historic Stonewall Inn to announce the new study. GLAAD was at the historic Stonewall Inn for the announcement - you can check out the photos here: Read more.

GLAAD senior media strategist, Tiq Milan joined managing editor of TIME, Nancy Gibbs, on MSNBC with Ronan Farrow to discuss the role of the media in transgender issues in light of Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox's feature on TIME Magazine's cover. Milan said, "we're seeing trans inclusion being implemented on a state level, and it's happening rapidly," citing the galvanization around Houston's recent equal rights ordinance and the gender-identity inclusion on the non-discrimination ordinance for Topeka, Kansas. Milan continued, "So this [implementation of gender identity inclusion on a state level] is going to keep happening. So the ball is going to keep rolling. But it would be great to see these things happen on a federal level." Read more and watch the video here.

GLAAD took part in the #JusticeForJane campaign, urging Connecticut legislators to take action against anti-transgender discrimination. Jane Doe, a transgender 16-year-old girl of color, been imprisoned without charges at York Correctional Facility for more than 50 days. This is far too long for this young trans woman who has been a victim of horrific abuses at the hands of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. See GLAAD's staff photos, calling for #JusticeForJane, and create your own. Read more.

GLAAD's Spanish-language media team hosted a training for 20 Latino LGBT and ally community leaders in Arizona in partnership with Familia es Familia and the ACLU of Arizona, equipping advocates with vital skills and techniques necessary to speaking out in mainstream media outlets. The training is part of the ACLU's upcoming launch of their campaign showcasing Latino community support for marriage equality in the state.  The following day, GLAAD's Spanish-language media team met with 15 media professionals at Univision, including anchors and on air radio talent to discuss how to better cover LGBT stories.  As a result of these exciting partnerships, the SLM team looks forward to seeing increased attention brought to marriage equality and other issues that are important to LGBT Arizonans covered in local and national press. Read more.

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