Sundance Institute joins entertainment community in saying NO to anti-LGBT bills


In a move that further solidifies the entertainment industry's efforts to halt anti-LGBT legislation across the country, the Sundance Institute has signed on to an open letter by entertainment leaders released by GLAAD and first published last Tuesday, April 12 in Variety magazine.  Sundance joins the Art Directors Guild, CAA, National Associaiton of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Netflix, SAG-AFTRA, Univision and Viacom in sending a message to governors and state legislatures alike that anti-LGBT legislation are not congruent with their values.

Primarily known for its film festival, the Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre and new media to create and thrive.  In joining GLAAD, these industry powerhouses are standing on the side of fairness and respect for the LGBT community and for all people across this land.

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD's President & CEO, states that:

"The entertainment industry is not only important to the U.S. economy, it is incredibly influential in shaping our culture.  The leaders undersigning this letter are sending a clear and powerful message to governors and state legislatures that these anti-LGBT bills are unacceptable."

Whether in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi or Georgia, these measures impact not only members of the LGBT community, but all citizens of states adopting these discriminatory laws.  GLAAD has been and continues to be on the ground working non-stop to challenge the rise of these discriminatory laws in states across the south and wherever they have appeared.  Simply put, many of these bills would essentially allow any individual or entity within these states to use their religious beliefs to deny others their basic civil rights when they so choose, hitting our LGBT brothers and sisters particularly hard.  It would be government-sanctioned bias and discrimination in the name of "religious freedom.

GLAAD’s publication, "Debunking the 'Bathroom Bills Myth'" is a valuable resource for journalists and everyday people to understand the importance and impact of nondiscrimination bills, and ways to debunk falsehoods that often are raised in opposition to such bills. GLAAD is calling on media, across the south and nationally, to hold promoters of such discriminatory bills accountable for false claims they have made in order to advance their own interests.