Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Inc. Overview
Programs: The National News Media Program holds the National News Media accountable for covering LGBT people and issues in the most responsible and least sensational way. The National News Team monitors all news content on 24-hour cable news channels such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, all nightly network news telecasts on CBS, NBC and ABC, as well as selected news shows on PBS. The program also reviews and works closely with national newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Parade. GLAAD has a tremendous impact on policies of many major news outlets through media consultations and the use of its handbook of preferred professional LGBT terminology, The GLAAD Media Reference Guide.
Within this program the Communities of African Descent (COAD) Media strategists and Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community Media strategists provide suggested guidelines for coverage, terminology and contact information for LGBT organizations and individuals as tools for more inclusive, fair and balanced coverage. Though the national media is covering the lives, stories and issues of LGBT people more frequently, diverse LGBT voices, perspectives and opinions are repeatedly left out of the picture. Within the "mainstream" LGBT community, African Americans and Asian Pacific Islanders can feel invisible, as images in LGBT publications are predominantly white. GLAAD encourages journalists to cover African American and Asian Pacific Islander LGBT people's lives, families, accomplishments and issues, condemns defamatory language and stories, and provides weekly news digests with stories to watch, as well as news alerts pertaining to each respective community of color.
The Spanish-Language Media Program works to increase the number and quality of LGBT Latino images in Spanish language news and entertainment media. LGBT Latina/os still find themselves to feel invisible within the United States population and the “mainstream” LGBT community despite the fact that Latinos are the largest minority group in the country, according to the Census 2000 population figures. GLAAD uses a combined strategy of providing media literacy trainings to Latino/a LGBT activists and journalists, garnering media attention for major events, conferences and Pride festivals, and exposing defamation when it occurs. GLAAD has been collaborating with LGBT Latina/o organizations in the United States to eliminate stereotypes and promote fair, accurate and inclusive representation of this community in all types of media. GLAAD has also been working with mainstream Latino and Spanish-speaking media professionals from Televisa, Unvision, Telemundo, Azteca América, CNN en Español, La Opinion, Hoy, and People en Español to help shape the way these media outlets cover LGBT Latina/o issues.
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