Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Leading the Conversation. Shaping the Media Narrative. Changing the Culture. That's GLAAD at Work.

NGLCCNY is honored to have GLAAD as our October 2015 Non-Profit Spotlight. For 30 years GLAAD has been stepping in and standing up for the LGBT community by documenting how the community has been treated as well as re-writing the narrative of the LGBT community as part of the fabric that makes up this country.

While advances towards equality have been made over the last 30 years, including marriage equality his past June, there continue to be barriers for full equality. LGBT persons still struggle to be treated with dignity and respect as human beings.

GLAAD continues to lead the way in developing programming to establish dialogues for greater understanding and accelerated acceptance of LGBT persons in communities across the country. In 2014 GLAAD commissioned a Harris Poll surveying America’s acceptance of LGBT people. The spectrum goes from accepting and supportive to hostile and uncomfortable and those in the middle. To that end it is clear that full acceptance, and full equality are a ways away.

GLAAD is actively changing the culture of acceptance across the board via their daily work which includes educating news media on delivering fair and accurate information about those living with HIV in the United States, researching and reporting on LGBT representation in TV and film, and GLAAD’s Southern Stories initiative tells the stories of LGBT people and their allies in the South to create a cultural shift towards LGBT acceptance and understanding in the region.

Recently, GLAAD released "The Papal Visit: A journalist’s guide to reporting on Pope Francis and the LGBT Community”. The guide became a resource for both English and Spanish speaking media to gain understanding of the Pope’s actions and statements about the LGBT Community. The guide offers resources for anyone interested in learning more about LGBT Catholics, LGBT supportive Catholics and LGBT Catholic organizations. The Guide also includes the opposition among Catholics and some Catholic organizations and those who have invoked Catholicism in opposition of the LGBT community.

As experts in Media Communications, GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project has been instrumental in stopping the spread of harmful misinformation about the LGBT community and objectively reporting on the country’s anti-gay activist.

Each year GLAAD recognizes Spirit Day, a national rally against bullying. Since its inception in 2010 a growing number of schools, and prominent firms, celebrities and organizations band together and go purple to show support for LGBT youth.

Take a stand against bullying. Pledge to go purple for Spirit Day.

With all the great work and accomplishments at and by GLAAD. “Closing the gap to full acceptance of LGBT people will not come from legislation or judicial decisions alone, but from a deeper understanding and empathy from Americans themselves,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Accelerating acceptance will require the help of not just LGBT people, but also their allies – everyday Americans who feel strongly and take an active role to make sure that their LGBT friends and family are fully accepted members of society.”

For resources or to learn more about accelerating acceptance at home in the workplace or in faith based organizations contact GLAAD.org

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Committee, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Interested in being featured? Please contact me at Ingrid@NGLCCNY.org.

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