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39 Chicago-area media host joint fundraiser October 3-17

CONTACT: Tracy Baim, publisher, Chicago Reader773-387-2394 Collaboration includes independent community and diverse media, legacy and newer outlets under the hashtag #WeAmplifyChicagoVoices Pledges made on 3rd & 4th have 3X the impact  CHICAGO —Nearly 40 independent Chicago-area […]

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How GLAAD’s 20 Under 20 Class of 2022 is Using TikTok to Promote Change and Acceptance

By Allison Bloom, Communications Consultant GLAAD.org | September 29, 2022 GLAAD’s annual 20 under 20 list honors young LGBTQ people who are accelerating acceptance of the LGBTQ community while shaping the future of news, entertainment, social, and all […]

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Emmys 2022: ‘The White Lotus’s Mike White & Murray Bartlett, Jerrod Carmichael, And Lizzo Score Wins During TV Awards Season with Low LGBTQ Representation

By Dino-Ray Ramos  GLADD.org |  September 13, 2022 There were plenty of surprises and expectations met during tonight’s 74th Emmys ceremony which was on the fairly low side when it came to LGBTQ representation – but […]

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LGBTQ wins at MTV VMAs: Lil Nas X’s “Industry Baby” scores three Moon Person trophies, Dove Cameron wins best new artist

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | August 29, 2022 Photo from GLAAD.org Lil Nas X walked away from last night’s MTV Video Music Awards as the prince of the ceremony, nabbing three Moon Person trophies for his video for […]

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“Hand in Hand” Book Event Featuring traci kato-kiriyama and Imani Tolliver

Photo by Rubén Esparza for ONE Archives Foundation. ONE Archives Foundation and Queer Biennial present the author event Hand in Hand, featuring traci kato-kiriyama and Imani Tolliver. Hand in Hand will feature readings from new works by traci kato-kiriyama and Imani Tolliver, followed by an exchange between […]

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A Look Inside Bernard David Jones’ Remember Private Pilot Screening Powered by GLAAD, OneFifty, and BLAAC

By Kayla Thompson, Communities of Color Junior Associate GLAAD.org | August 3, 2022 On Wednesday, July 27th, 2022, at CAGES in DTLA, GLAAD’s Communities of Color and Media Department hosted a private pilot screening with Bernard David Jones, creator and […]

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NEW POLL OF LGBTQ AND ALLY VOTERS IN FLORIDA SHOWS THEY ARE POSITIONED TO MAKE A DECIDING DIFFERENCE IN THE STATE’S ELECTIONS THIS NOVEMBER

By GLAAD | August 1, 2022 VIDEO: FAMILIES AND TEACHERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT IMPACT OF ANTI-LGBTQ LAWS NOW IN EFFECT AND AS STUDENTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL IN FLORIDA “Florida’s LGBTQ and ally voters have grave concerns about […]

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GLAAD List Pick ‘Anything’s Possible’ Marks Huge Step Forward In Authentic LGBTQ Storytelling; Film Premieres July 22 on Amazon

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | July 21, 2022 On July 22, the coming-of-age romance Anything’s Possible is set to debut on Prime Video. The release of the move marks some big moments for the LGBTQ entertainment community as it marks […]

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Midwest Film Festival’s ‘First Tuesdays’ presents a night of work from Women & Gender Non-Conforming Filmmakers Tuesday, August 2nd at the Gene Siskel Film Center

July 20, 2022  GSFC Contact: Lori Hile  lhile@saic.edu  MFF contact:  Carlos Rogelio Diaz carlos@midwestfilm.com info@midwestfilm.com   The Midwest Film Festival (MFF) is proud to present our 13th annual celebration of creators who identify as female and […]

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EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Greg Mathis Jr. navigates coming out publicly with help from GLAAD in “Mathis Family Matters”

By Jose Useche, Communications Coordinator GLAAD.org | July 14, 2022 Audiences can expect a nuanced, exciting look at being Black, queer, and in the public eye in an upcoming episode of Mathis Family Matters. GLAAD’s very own Anthony Allen Ramos […]

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LGBTQ Representation is Nearly Invisible in Advertising and GLAAD Calls for Change at the 2022 Cannes Lions Festival

By mbartley GLAAD.org | July 12, 2022 GLAAD attended the 2022 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the largest global gathering of the creative marketing community, to discuss the state of LGBTQ inclusion in the advertising industry and […]

Pride Profiles

Emmy Nominations Include “Hacks,” “Drag Race,” “Yellowjackets,” “Changing the Game,” But Fall Short On LGBTQ Representation In Acting Categories

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | July 12, 2022 Representation matters, but this year’s list of Emmy nominations doesn’t seem to reflect that – at least in some of the major categories. Melissa Fumero and JB Smoove announced the […]

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Presenting “Love Has No Labels'” #LoveLivesOn campaign: “Turn pain into purpose,” with stories of resilience from three incredible people creating change in their communities

By Allison Bloom, Communications Consultant GLAAD.org | July 6, 2022 GLAAD is proud to present the newest roundup of PSAs from our partner Love Has No Labels. Three powerful videos show the impact everyday people living in America […]

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‘Hacks,’ ‘Somebody Somewhere,’ ‘Euphoria’ Lead in LGBTQ Critics Dorian TV Nominations

GALECA Press Release Photo: Janelle James in Abbott Elementary © 2021 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.  JUNE 22, 2022 – As frighteningly reactionary Florida governor Ron DeSantis frets that grade school teachers will somehow turn kids queer . . […]

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GLAAD Interview: “Pose” Star Dominique Jackson Talks Important and Impact of “The Book of Queer” Finale

By Allison Bloom, Communications Consultant GLAAD.org  | June 30, 2022 The Book of Queer, Discovery+’s five-part series that informs viewers about a variety of groundbreaking LGBTQ individuals throughout history has its impactful, final episode premiering June 30 and it is […]

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Queer Youth of Faith Day is around the corner! Here’s what to expect from activists and organizers in and outside of GLAAD

By Lana Leonard | GLAAD.org June 29, 2022 LGBTQ youth shouldn’t have to choose between their faith and their queerness, but often young people are pressured to. Religious queer youth are some of the most vulnerable members of the […]

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Chicago Black Gay Pride Events 2022

It’s approximately one week from showtime for the 2022 Esteem Awards, part of Chicago’s Black Gay weekend. As the excitement and anticipation are building by the second moment, I wish I could add another couple […]

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The Dragon Sisters, are pushing boundaries and celebrating “all the shades of Queer” for Pride Month

By Yolanda Lenge, Entertainment Consultant  | June 21, 2022 Photo Credit: [Grizz Studios] For Pride this year, you’ll find The Dragon Sisters eagerly embracing every soul that is lucky enough to experience their fierce and powerful presence all […]

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The Queer Liberation March is Sunday, June 26. Here’s what to expect. Here’s why the Reclaim Pride Coalition marches this Pride.

By Lana Leonard GLAAD.org | June 17, 2022 The 4th annual Queer Liberation March will take place Sunday, June 26th starting at Foley Square at 2 p.m. and ending at Washington Square Park.  The Reclaim Pride Coalition (RPC)—a […]

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Samuel Adams partners with GLAAD and calls on craft breweries to become safer and more inclusive spaces for all

By Jose Useche, Communications Coordinator GLAAD.org | June 17, 2022 As Pride celebrations make a hopeful return, Samuel Adams is reinforcing its commitment to creating safe and inclusive spaces that bring people together to share a beer, celebrate Pride, and […]

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GLAAD EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Greg Mathis Jr. and his father talk sexuality on “Mathis Family Matters”

By Jose Useche, Communications Coordinator GLAAD.org | June 16, 2022 ALL RISE for Judge Mathis…and his new reality series Mathis Family Matters! The iconic Judge Mathis is back on TV with E! Entertainment to share a close look at […]

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Announcing New LGBTQ+ History Podcast

ONE Archives Foundation is thrilled to launch a new podcast project for this year’s Pride season – Periodically Queer. The podcast will dive deep into the history and stories around LGBTQ+ print media, periodicals, and organizations. […]

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Michael R. Jackson’s Musical ‘A Strange Loop’ Wins Big At Tony Awards; Showcases Impact Of Diverse Queer Storytelling

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | June 13, 2022 If there was one year that Michael R. Jackson’s queer-fronted musical A Strange Loop to win the Tony Award for Best Musical, this was the year. After a raging pandemic, a racial […]

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Jewelle On The Big Screen: “You Have to Imagine A Better World to Get to A Better World” A new documentary profiles the poet, playwright, activist and icon who co-founded GLAAD

By Dawn Ennis, Guest Contributor GLAAD.org | June 10, 2022 “She’s never gotten the wider recognition that she deserves,” says publisher and editor Nancy Bereano of Jewelle Gomez. Until now. Bereano is one of the many notables appearing […]

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‘First Kill’: Sarah Catherine hook And Imani Jones Sink Their Teeth Into Netflix’s Queer Teen Vampire Romance

By Dino-Ray Ramos GLAAD.org | June 9, 2022 Whether blatant or subtle, the world of vampires has always been sexy. More than that it has always been queer coded. From Interview with a Vampire to Blade to the Twilight franchise to Buffy the Vampire […]

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Announcing Our 2022 Cohort: Leaders for a New Chicago 

Photo avery r. young CONTACT:June 7, 2022analía rodríguezField Foundation of Illinois(773) 259-4826arodriguez@fieldfoundation.org A’Lexus MurphyRise Strategy Group(817) 703-6419alexus@risestrategygroup.com FIELD AND MACARTHUR FOUNDATIONS ANNOUNCE 2022 LEADERS FOR A NEW CHICAGO COHORT10 Diverse Leaders Across the City to […]

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Must-See LGBTQ TV: ‘Tom Swift’ premieres Tuesday, ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ debuts Thursday, new seasons of ‘The Boys’ and ‘P-Valley’ premiere on Friday, and more!

By Amanda Hurwitz, Entertainment Research Jr. Associate | May 29, 2022 GLAAD.org Photo Credit: The CW Grab the remote, set your DVR or queue up your streaming service of choice! GLAAD is bringing you the LGBTQ highlights on […]

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The Trans 25: A Salute to Transgender Activist Part 2

Lasaia Wade along with Gloria Allen Photo from Lasaia Wade Facebook page PrideIndex proudly presents part two of The Trans 25. Profiles from Wikipedia Angelica Ross  Angelica Ross is an American actress, and businesswoman. A self-taught computer programmer, […]

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GLAAD Video Interview: Jesse Tyler Ferguson talks new podcast “Gay Pride & Prejudice,” fatherhood, his “Take Me Out” Tony nomination and why Broadway is a “sacred space”

By Allison Bloom, Communications Consultant GLAAD.org  | May 23, 2022 Multiple Emmy and first time Tony nominee, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is opening up in a new interview with GLAAD’s Anthony Allen Ramos to talk his new podcast […]

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5 Things we learned from listening to audiences when launching a LGBTQ+ collaborative

Queer Media Collaborative By Dana Piccoli, project manager In early 2022, News is Out, a pioneering queer media collaborative featuring seven legacy media publishers (Bay Area Reporter, Dallas Voice, Philadelphia Gay News, Q Voice News, Tagg Magazine, Washington Blade and Windy City Times), […]

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GLAAD RESPONDS TO HISTORIC APPOINTMENT OF KARINE JEAN-PIERRE AS WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY, THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN AND FIRST OUT LGBTQ PERSON TO SERVE IN THE ROLE

Photo from video still 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Karine Jean-Pierre alongside GLAAD Board Chair Pamela Stewart. May 5, 2022 GLAAD: “Karine Jean-Pierre is a brilliant communicator and person of tremendous intelligence, humor and poise, skills that […]

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33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and honorees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. See a full list of award recipients here and catch highlights from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Hulu!  NOMINEES […]

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ANNOUNCES MAY – JUNE 50/50 FILM-SERIES TITLES AS PART OF ITS YEAR-LONG 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 

May 6, 2022 Contact: Lori Hile lhile@saic.edu GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ANNOUNCES MAY – JUNE 50/50 FILM-SERIES TITLES AS PART OF ITS YEAR-LONG 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION   Films are presented each Monday to commemorate the Film Center’s 50-year history […]

Esteem Awards

The Esteem Awards, A Celebration of Honor

The Esteem Awards is a 501c3 organization which honors local and national organizations and individuals for their continued efforts in supporting the areas of entertainment, media, civil rights, social services, business and the arts. M. […]

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LGBTQ Icon Wilson Cruz to Receive The Vito Russo Award at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York

By Allison Bloom, Communications Consultant GLAAD.org | April 27, 2022 This year’s recipient of the Vito Russo award is stage and screen actor, producer, and activist Wilson Cruz. The Vito Russo Award is presented to a LGBTQ media […]

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GLAAD and The Black List announce the 2022 GLAAD List

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, in partnership with The Black List, the writer-focused organization whose work includes its annual list, screenplay marketplace, screenwriter labs, and film […]

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Transgender Day of Visibility: Meet the Organizations Fighting Anti-Trans Legislation on the Ground

By Serena Sonoma GLAAD.org | March 31, 2022 On this International Transgender Day of Visibility, GLAAD is honoring the exemplary work of trans-led organizations fighting harmful legislation on the ground by providing care to those who need it most. […]

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CyArk, Friends of the Lyon-Martin House and GLBT Historical Society Announce Virtual 3D Tour of San Francisco Lesbian Landmark

March 22, 2022 MEDIA CONTACTMark Sawchuk(415) 777-5455 ext. 8mark@glbthistory.org CyArk, Friends of the Lyon-Martin House and GLBT Historical Society Announce Virtual 3D Tour of San Francisco Lesbian Landmark San Francisco — Digital historic preservation firm CyArk, […]

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LGBTQ Critics Name Power of the Dog Best Film, Passing, Ariana DeBose and Pedro Almodóvar Are Double Winners, Rita Moreno Anointed ‘Timeless Star’

March 17, 2022 – Hollywood, California – GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics announced the winners of its 13th Dorian Film Awards, again honoring movie content from mainstream to LGBTQIA+. To perhaps Sam Elliott’s […]

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Idaho’s Senate Republicans Shelve a Bill that Would Criminalize Gender-Affirming Treatment

By GLAAD | March 17, 2022 On Tuesday, Idaho’s Senate Republicans rejected H.B. 675, which would have criminalized parents who seek gender-affirming treatment for their children, and the medical providers who treat them. The legislation would have made […]

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IN THE SPIRIT OF BLACK HARVEST: Don’t miss LOSING GROUND and THE TORCH, screening March 14 & 18 at the Film Center!

📽️Dear Film Lovers, Starting April 1, we’ll be accepting entries for our 28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival, which will take place this year from November 4- 27! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this pair of […]

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Featurette: Video Interview with Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter, and producers of Disney+’s “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”

By Jose Useche, Communications Coordinator GLAAD.org | March 9, 2022 Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto have joined the cast and respectively voice Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, mixed-race adoptive parents to 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by Keke […]

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2022 Clarence Darrow ceremony to highlight efforts to transform criminal justice system

Media content:Nina Barrett, 847-977-4788barrett.nina@gmail.com 2022 Clarence Darrow ceremony to highlight efforts to transform criminal justice system  CHICAGO — With its mission of bringing the spirit of famed attorney and social justice advocate Clarence Darrow to […]

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Black LGBTQ stories shine amongst entertainment nominees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

By Yolanda Lenge, Contributor GLAAD.org | March 1, 2022 In the midst of a long overdue social movement against racial and ethnic discrimination, and as calls for growing diversity in Hollywood continue, many powerful stories about Black LGBTQ […]

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ON SALE NOW: “ALL MOMS,” the new LGBTQ-inclusive children’s book from GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis and Antigone Rising’s Kristen Ellis-Henderson

By Jose Useche, Communications Coordinator  GLAAD.org | March 1, 2022 The wait is over! The new LGBTQ-children’s book ALL MOMS, written by GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis and her wife, founding member, guitarist, and songwriter for the […]

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Blowing the roof off the beauty queen factory. Bárbara López on “Señorita 89” and on being part of a beloved queer couple

By mtrasandes GLAAD.org | February 27, 2022 “Pretty on the outside, scary on the inside” describes the sumptuous mountain lair, La Encantada, where a group of women vying to become Miss Mexico are taken in the new series Señorita […]

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Creating The Change, I Want to Be

Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Antonio Driver, Executive Director of SpeakOut, a Washington DC-based nonprofit community engagement organization representing more than 6,000 same-gender-loving (SGL) men and women of color. Since its inception […]

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Smartfood releases limited edition popcorn “All Love is Smart Love” with GLAAD for Valentine’s Day

By Lydia Edwards GLAAD.org  | February 18, 2022 Our friends at Smartfood know that every kind of love is special and should be celebrated. Proclaiming, “All Love is Smart Love”, Smartfood is celebrating the LGBTQ community through […]

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GLAAD’S 2021-2022 Where We Are on TV Report: LGBTQ Representation Reaches New Record Highs

By Raina Deerwater, Entertainment Research & Analysis Manager GLAAD.org | February 17, 2022 GLAAD today announced the findings of its annual Where We Are on TV report. The Where We Are on TV study analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on […]

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Stream “Love Overdue” Today!

IT’S OUT! “Love Overdue” is finally out just in time for Valentine’s Day.  I wrote, “Love Overdue” over 10 years ago for the play Love’s Gonna Get You – a romantic comedy by James and Michelle Woodson.  […]

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GLAAD announces partnership with the Recording Academy® to foster greater LGBTQ+ inclusion in the music community

By Spencer Harvey, Communications Manager  GLAAD.org | January 25, 2022 Today, GLAAD announced that the Recording Academy® has donated $150,000 to the organization to support its work to diversify the music industry. In addition to the donation, GLAAD and […]

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Biden Accountability Tracker Hits 100th Entry: 100+ Appointments, Policies, Statements for LGBTQ Americans

By GLAAD.org | January 21, 2022 Photo Credit: White House Flickr As President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris begin their second year in office, today GLAAD marks the 100th entry in the GLAAD Biden Accountability Tracker, an […]

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Send ‘Love by FRUITLOOTS’ and Support LGBTQ+, AAPI, Black and Female-Founded Businesses this Valentine’s Day

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2022 Contact: Samantha O’Neil Samantha@TCRStrategies.com Send ‘Love by FRUITLOOTS’ and Support LGBTQ+, AAPI, Black and Female-Founded Businesses this Valentine’s Day Bravo TV ‘Matchmaker’ Elevates Minority-Owned Brands with Curated […]

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Voting Rights Are an LGBTQ Issue

By | January 10, 2022 By GLAAD.org Voting rights legislation has stalled in the U.S. Senate, with Republicans using the filibuster to block debate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised to make a rules change to […]

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BIDEN ACCOUNTABILITY TRACKER

By GLAAD.org GLAAD is monitoring the Biden administration’s executive orders, legislative support, speeches and nominations that affect LGBTQ people and rights. 01.05.2022 Health and Human Services proposes rule change to reinstate and expand protections against discrimination based on […]

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Hung Up Podcast

Coming Soon an Interview of Hung Up Podcast creator Eric Cole. Dial in with Systems Analyst & Tennis Athlete Eric Cole as he tackles society & culture from a Black Queer perspective. I interview artist, […]

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The 2022 Independent Spirit Awards nominees list is full of LGBTQ storytelling prowess

By Louise Prollamante, Executive Assistant GLAAD.org | December 14, 2021 Film Independent has released its list of nominees for the 2022 Independent (Indie) Spirit Awards in film and television and there’s no shortage of amazing LGBTQ-inclusive names amongst those being honored this […]

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Actor Filmmaker discusses Losing Hope the series

Cover Photography and Styling by Jerris Madison The dramatic scripted series, Losing Hope touches on several themes from interracial dating, racism, family issues, and depression. The series explores the lives of African American, Latino, multiracial, homosexual, sexually […]

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Why You Should Know about the Vice Series “Transnational” Covering Transgender Communities Around the World

By Solby Lim GLAAD.org  | December 10, 2021 Photo Credit: Student at Al-Fatah School, the only Quran school in Indonesia for transgender Muslims. Courtesy of Vice News On December 8, 2021, the latest episode of Vice’s new […]

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2022 Sundance Film Festival announces lineup that includes several LGBTQ titles

By Louise Prollamante, Executive Assistant GLAAD.org | December 9, 2021 The 2022 Sundance Film Festival has released its 2022 lineup, featuring entries in its Feature Films and Indie Episodic programs, and, once again, there are several LGBTQ+ films premiering in Park […]

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The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice welcomes Michelle Elizabeth Brown to the BRCSJ Board of Directors

The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, a community activist center, educational bridge, & dedicated safe-space welcomed Michelle Elizabeth Brown to its Board of Directors this week. Straight outta’ greater Detroit, Michelle is a Public Speaker, […]

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#BooksNotBans: GLAAD joins 400+ organizations and individuals to stand against school censorship

By GLAAD.org | December 8, 2021  GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to a powerful statement of support against efforts to ban LGBTQ-inclusive books and books about […]

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Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, and Lady Gaga rule with five nominations each for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards

Grammy Photo courtesy of The Recording Academy By Jeremy Blacklow, Director of Entertainment Media GLAAD.org  | November 23, 2021 Lil Nas X, Brandi Carlile, and Lady Gaga were the most nominated LGBTQ artists for the 64th Annual […]

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TDOR: In Memoriam

By GLAAD.org | November 20, 2021 We remember the names of the transgender people whose lives have been lost to anti-trangender violence over the years and continue to demand increased and accurate media coverage of transgender people […]

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‘All Boys Aren’t Blue’ Wins 2021 Black Alphabet Film Festival Audience Award 8th Annual Black LGBTQ/SGL Visual Arts Festival Celebrates Being ‘Together Again’

CHICAGO, IL (November 18, 2021) – The 8th Annual Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF) announced today winners of the premiere Black LGBTQ/SGL visual arts festival’s Black Alphabet Audience Award winners. The 2021 award winners are […]

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Transgender Awareness Week: A Q&A with Veteran Radio Producer and Trans Advocate Morgan Sherm

By GLAAD | November 16, 2021 As part of Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD is elevating transgender and gender nonconforming advocates who are working for safety and acceptance in their local communities. Morgan Sherm is a veteran radio producer […]

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Sealed With A KISS, author Joe Okonkwo discussed latest book

Recently we had the pleasure of talking to author Joe Okonkwo. Joe’s short stories have appeared in The Piltdown Review, The New Engagement, Storychord, Penumbra, Promethean, Shotgun Honey, Love Stories from Africa, Best Gay Stories 2015, and Strength. Joe served as Prose Editor for Newtown […]

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ANNUAL GLAAD ACCELERATING ACCEPTANCE STUDY

November 3, 2021 Contact:Spencer HarveyCommunications Manager, GLAADsharvey@glaad.org This year’s study found that non-LGBTQ people are more aware of the LGBTQ community being multifaceted, that there are more than two genders, and that trans and nonbinary […]

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Chicago Underground Film Festival presented by Full Spectrum Features

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 23, 2021MEDIA CONTACT:Karen Durhamkcdcomm@gmail.com773-386-6255 CHICAGO—In a collaborative re-envisioning of the 28th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)—the world’s longest-running underground film festival—Full Spectrum Features (FSF) is the official presenter of CUFF this […]

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The GuadaLAjara Film Festival (GLAFF) arrives in LA

By Mauricio Montes GLAAD.org | October 28, 2021 The GuadaLAjara Film Festival (GLAFF) celebrates the best of Latin American cinema while providing a platform for emerging LGBTQ+ and BIPOC talent and creators! GLAFF takes place November 4-6, 2021 in Downtown Los […]

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3Arts awards nearly $1 million dollars in a single night to Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists, marking largest award year in organization’s history

Virtual awards event on November 1 is FREE for the public to attend via YouTube and includes world premiere performances by past award winnersPlus, major expansion to signature artist-to-artist grant program “Make a Wave” announced […]

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO ANNOUNCES THE FULL LINE-UP FOR THE 27TH ANNUAL BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL INDIVIDUAL TICKETS and FESTIVAL PASSES NOW ON SALE!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 15, 2021 MEDIA CONTACT: Lori Hile 773-746-5127  lhile@saic.edu Chicago—The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center is pleased to announce the full festival schedule for its 27th […]

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Meet Author Chloe O. Davis

The Queens’ English, The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases is an examination of the American LGBTQ+ culture, including the impact of the Harlem Renaissance on African American gay culture and more.  “Who is […]

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Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 27TH ANNUAL BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL: NOV. 5- DEC. 2!

October 1, 2021 Contact:Lori Hilelhile@saic.edu312.846.2072 GENE SISKEL FILM CENTEROF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGOTO PRESENT THE 27TH ANNUAL BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVALIN PERSON AND VIRTUALLY NOVEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 2OPENING WITH DIONNE […]

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Chicago Reader celebrates 50th anniversary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 28, 2021Contact: Tracy Baim: tbaim@chicagoreader.com, 773-387-2394 Chicago Reader celebrates 50th anniversary The Chicago Reader, a fearless, innovative, and nationally respected media voice in Chicago since 1971, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a variety […]

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GMI Alum Mel Lennon shines in self-produced debut EP OVERthinking out LOUD

By Solby Lim GLAAD.org  | September 23, 2021 On September 21, artist Mel Lennon released his debut EP titled, OVERthinking out LOUD across music streaming platforms. Lennon is a rapper, producer, and singer-songwriter, having released the singles “iSLANDhoppin” and “Night […]

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Courtney DeDi

Coming soon – Courtney DeDi for District 6 dediforthepeople.com To see the out LGBTQ candidates running for office in the November 2, 2021 election in the Atlanta area click on the names below. Check back […]

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“Representation is not power.” Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza talks on the LGBTQ&A podcast

By Jeffrey Masters, Guest Contributor GLAAG.org | September 14, 2021 “This is our generation’s stamp on a movement that is ongoing.” People often look at the magnitude of Alicia Garza’s accomplishments and wonder how they can be replicated. […]

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There’s Something About Brian

Artist, legendary Old Way vogue performer, and chef might seem like an unusual combination. But it describes the Queens born-Brooklyn resident, Brian Branch. If he were not an artist, he would have been a full-time […]

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER NAMES L’SOFT AS NEW BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER

August 31, 2021 Contact:Lori Hilelhile@saic.edu312.846.2072 L’Soft brings film exhibition, project management, and archival experience to the27th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival Confirmed films for the festival include a Gordon Parks retrospective; the debut feature from […]

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POSE Provided Representation For An Underserved Community; An Emmy Win For Trans Actress Mj Rodriguez Will Change The Game

By Darian Aaron, Contributor  GLAAD.org | August 30, 2021 Photo Credit: FX Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan of POSE. I’ve been on the journey with the show and its groundbreaking characters since it was only industry chatter […]

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Mj Rodriguez talks to GLAAD about her historic Emmy nomination, inspiring young trans people, and the importance of trans representation

By GLAAD | August 23, 2021 As we count down to the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, GLAAD’s Head of Talent, Anthony Allen Ramos, chats with Mj Rodriguez who is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in […]

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Help vote up GLAAD’s SXSW Panel: “Social Media Platform Accountability, LGBTQ Edition”

By GLAAD | August 19, 2021 “Do you know any LGBTQ people who have witnessed or experienced anti-LGBTQ hate on social media?” We asked GLAAD staff this question in May as our first-of-its-kind 50-page Social Media Safety Index (SMSI) report […]

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An open letter to DaBaby

By | August 4, 2021 By GLAAD.org We, the undersigned, represent organizations leading the fight to prevent HIV and provide care and treatment for people living with HIV, especially Black LGBTQ people across the Southern United States. […]

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2021 Writer’s Retreat Reading Series

A Weeklong Celebration of LGBTQIA+ Literary ArtistryAugust 8-14, 2021 By LambdaLiterary.org The Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices presents for the first time a week-long public Reading Series that celebrates the emerged and […]

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The Selected Poems of Emanuel Xavier

Release: June 1, 2021 Publicity Contact: Sven Davisson, svendavisson@rebelsatori.comweb: www.rebelsatori.com | twitter: rebelsatori | ig: rebelsatori | fb: Rebel Satori Press A career-defining retrospective by a much-beloved contemporary master. “For decades, Emanuel Xavier has been […]

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Authors of Note: Eddie S. Pierce Jr.

This article was originally published October 26, 2013 Photos courtesy of Eddie Seron Pierce Jr. Eddie Seron Pierce Jr., is one of the most creative and ambitious authors that you will ever meet.  Pierce self-published […]

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GLAAD, Athlete Ally, and Pride House Tokyo Release Media Guide for Covering LGBTQ Athletes at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

By Mary Emily O’Hara, Rapid Response Manager By GLAAD.org  | July 16, 2021 From the resources guide for journalists and media professionals A record number of out LGBTQ athletes—at least 142 at the time of publication—are competing […]

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In “No Ordinary Man” trans men reflect on the life of jazz musician Billy Tipton, reclaiming his place in trans history

By Alex Schmider, Associate Director, Transgender Representation GLAAD.org  | July 15, 2021 UPDATED 7/14/21: Finally! No Ordinary Man is available in theaters in New York and Los Angeles, starting Friday, July 16. This moving documentary will roll out to additional […]

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FIERCENESS SERVED! The Story of the Legendary ENIKAlley Coffeehouse in DC

. Fierceness Served! – The ENIKAlley Coffeehouse is a “documentary on DC Black LGBTQ artists who during the 80s launched a national gay cultural movement.” Social activists, politicians, artists, including the likes of Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde have performed at this venue. […]

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DAT BLACK MERMAID MAN LADY/THE SHOW

Created By Sharon Bridgforth Photo Credit: Video Still of Sharon Bridgforth from STAGE dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show is a performance processional that celebrates African-American cultures/traditions/histories/and multiple ways of embodying gender and calls all […]

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Meet This Year’s Lambda Fellows, Writers-in-Residence, & Scholarship Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2021Publicity contact:    Sue Landers, Executive Director                   Phone: (323) 385-1019                   E-mail: suelanders@lambdaliterary.org         62 Emerging LGBTQ Writers to Join Lambda Literary’s 2021 Emerging Writer’s Retreat for LGBTQ Voices New York, NY—For over 30 […]

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The {other} Anthony Anderson

There’s so much more that meets the eye when it comes to Anthony {Jezreal} Anderson. I have no idea where to start with this phenomenal young man. Let’ see, he was born in Gary Indiana […]

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The Talented Mr. Toussaint

It does not matter that Germono Toussaint, is multitalented and has appeared on this website multiple times.  He’s just that gifted and I’m glad to have him back each time. It is not important that […]

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BLACK, GAY, stuck at home

Covid-19 has changed the way we live, work and socialize. The typical weekend date night out consisting of dinner and a movie night has been replaced with a subscription to a streaming service and a […]

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GLAAD releases its second annual 20 Under 20 list, featuring JoJo Siwa, mxmtoon, Ve’ondre Mitchell, Stella Keating, Ewok, Yasmin Finney, and more

By Spencer Harvey, Communications Manager | June 22, 2021 GLAAD.org Today, GLAAD revealed its second annual 20 Under 20 list, spotlighting twenty young LGBTQ people, ages 20 and under, who are accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ people while shaping the […]

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WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE

WHO WILL START ANOTHER FIRE2021, Various directors, Israel/Nigeria/Philippines/Uganda/USA, 130 mins Event by Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Join us on Wednesday, June 16 at Noon CDT for a Facebook Live […]

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the bull-jean stories – DirectorFest 2021

Photo credit: video still from the bull-jean stories performed by Ameerah Briggs About the bull-jean stories Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman […]

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The Kooples has joined forces with French artist Clément Legrand to celebrate love in all its forms with the #Proudtolove capsule collection

By Mark Olson, Events Manager | June 5, 2021 GLAAD.org In celebration of Pride Month, The Kooples has teamed up with French artist Clément Legrand to celebrate universal love through a capsule collection of limited-edition t-shirts. French artist […]

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Segment of Original 1978 Rainbow Flag Donated to the GLBT Historical Society to be Unveiled Friday, June 4, 11:00 a.m.

Photo Credit: Charles Beal president Gilbert Baker Foundation Finding the Original Rainbow Flag June 3, 2021 MEDIA CONTACTDavid PerryDavid Perry & Associates, Inc.(415) 676-7007news@davidperry.com WHO / SPEAKERS: GLBT Historical Society Board Member Tina Valentin Aguirre […]

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GLAAD’s Visibility Project and P&G: Advertising & Agency Perspectives on LGBTQ Inclusion Study

By GLAAD.org | May 12, 2021 As part of the launch of The Visibility Project, P&G and GLAAD also announced findings from the “LGBTQ Inclusion in Advertising and Media, Advertiser and Agency Perspectives” study. Conducted in February 2021, […]

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The 2021 Esteem Award Honorees

Chicago, April 27, 2021 – Today, PrideIndex.com™ announced the five organizations and ten individuals that have been selected to be honored at the 14th Annual Esteem Awards. The honorees were selected by a committee of past […]

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Skin Deep with Biodun Abudu

This story first appeared on February 26, 2012 Biodun Abudu is a fashion designer, performer and writer. He was born in Providence,  Rhode Island and reared in Nigeria birthplace of his parents.  Abudu’s debut novel “Tales […]

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Listen to Tracey “Africa” Norman talk about her legendary modeling career on the LGBTQ&A podcast

Photo Credit Getty Images for GLAAD By Jeffrey Masters, Guest Contributor | GLAAD.org February 2, 2021 After being discovered by famed photographer Irving Penn at a casting for Italian Vogue, Tracey “Africa” Norman’s modeling career began to skyrocket. In […]

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Author of Note: Marci Blackman

This story first appeared January 17, 2014 Photo Credit Ed Glazar Brooklyn resident, Marci Blackman, is a literary fiction author of four books and several short stories.  In 1999, They wrote their first novel Po Man’s […]