Snapshots: Trans visibility panel, immigration reform, Eyricka Morgan, and more

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GLAAD hosted an informative panel discussion at New York City's LGBT Community Center on transgender people's experiences interacting with the media. The panel featured Kye Allums, Laverne Cox, and Reina Gossett. Tiq Milan, a writer and LGBT advocate announced that he has joined GLAAD as a Senior Media Strategist and also served as the panel's moderator. The panel was created in association with the New Organizing Institute (NOI) and its Public Narrative Training for Transgender Organizers. Both the training and panel are part of an effort to bring transgender advocates and organizers together in conversation about how transgender people's stories are told in the media, and how that can be done strategically to the benefit of advocacy work. Read more.

Following last week's reports that a transgender woman named Eyricka Morgan had been killed in New Jersey, GLAAD called for The Star-Ledger newspaper to correct its inaccurate reporting about the victim. After a conversation with the first Star-Ledger reporter to cover the story, Sue Epstein, and several phone calls and emails to editors by GLAAD and community members, the paper took an important step in the right direction by publishing an article that correctly refers to the victim as Eyrikca Morgan and with female pronouns throughout the story. However, the older stories have not been corrected, and the paper has not issued a formal correction explaining its previous decision to misidentify the victim and disregard concerns of community members. Read more.

This past weekend, GLAAD attended the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Austin, Texas. GLAAD's Director of News, Ross Murray, presented a panel entitled, "Beyond the Rainbow: Supreme Court, Marriage Equality and Faith. About 100 mainstream journalists, plus religious organizations heard about increasing vocal support for LGBT equality in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act."

GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language and Latino Media, Monica Trasandes, published a column in the Huffington Post Gay Voices and Latino Voices about the importance of immigration reform. In it, she describes experiences of her undocumented friends and family members who must live in hiding because of their legal status. Be sure to read it here!

Last week, venerable talk show host Cristina Saralegui became part of GLAAD's Spirit Day campaign. Saralegui, a well-known talk show host who was on the air for decades on Univision and later Telemundo, often helped educate Latinos about LGBT people and issues. GLAAD nominated episodes of "Cristina" focused on topics such as LGBT seniors, bullying of LGBT youth and LGBT families, to name a few. We are thrilled Cristina will be wearing purple on Spirit Day and encouraging others to lend their voices to let LGBT youth know they are not alone. Check out more about Spirit Day and its ambassadors.

GLAAD and a mom in Connecticut, Linda Ferraro, gained significant media coverage and public attention with a petition. With over 8500 signatures and counting, the petition calls for supermarket Stop & Shop to no longer carry Barilla products, in light of the pasta company's chairman's recent anti-gay remarks. In response to the negative backlash Barilla has received from advocates like Linda, they have agreed to meet with LGBT-inclusive groups to learn more about equality for all families.

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