Snapshots: Russia, The CW's Capture, and your top LGBT film character

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GLAAD and over 40 organizations released a statement calling on journalists to improve their coverage of transgender people following Private Chelsea Manning's statement that she is female. The immediate news coverage, as well as the follow up analysis, brought into sharp focus the national news media's frequently inaccurate and uninformed coverage of transgender people. Following outreach from GLAAD, removed a problematic info-graphic featured in several stories running on the newspaper's website about Chelsea Manning. The graphic showed an outline of a human body next to a list of several surgical procedures and their estimated costs, none of which are relevant to Private Manning's announcement that she is transgender. Read more.

GLAAD partnered with All Out to sponsor the Global Speak Out for Russia on September 3. People around the world are gathering together to speak out for love and hope for LGBT people in Russia, and push our world leaders to call on President Putin to repeal the anti-gay law. GLAAD shared images of the demonstrations, including a thank you from the people of Russia. Read more.

Last week, LGBT Russian advocates with RUSA LGBT spoke to several media outlets about the ongoing persecution of LGBT people in Russia and what people in the United States can do to help. GLAAD worked alongside RUSA LGBT to train spokespeople how best to communicate through the media and how to highlight their message using the most effective language possible. Advocates appeared on HuffPost Live, ARISE TV, and US News & World Report. Read more.

GLAAD spoke this week with out singer-songwriter Mary Lambert of "Same Love" and "She Keeps Me Warm" fame about her performance on the MTV VMA's with Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Jennifer Hudson; her new "She Keeps Me Warm" video; and what she has coming up next. Lambert will be performing at GLAAD Manhattan this Thursday, September 12. Read more.

James Wallington, an out contestant on the CW's new extreme competition reality show Capture, spoke with GLAAD this week about reality TV and breaking stereotypes. "I am who I am and I'm extremely proud of who I am and where I come from. At the end of the day, I'd like to think that I did break some stereotypes," he said. Wallington was recently eliminated, but you can still catch him as the co-host of the Capture AfterShow online at AfterBuzz TV. Read more.

With the release of GLAAD's first Studio Responsibility Index, we asked you to tell us who your all-time favorite LGBT film characters were and the results are in! Brokeback Mountain's Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) was voted as the top LGBT film character of all time. Check out the full list here! And tell us what films you've seen this year that you think pass the Vito Russo Test! Read more.

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