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posted Friday, February 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 06
GLAAD launches media institute for LGBT people of color
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GLAAD launches media institute for LGBT people of color

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's LGBT media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced the launch of its People of Color Media Training Institute as a part of the organization's National People of Color Media Initiative.

The Media Training Institute, funded by the Arcus Foundation and created specifically for people of color who are LGBT or LGBT allies, will develop a group of passionate and visible leaders to speak in national media outlets about issues that impact the lives of LGBT people and their families.

According to GLAAD officials, the Institute will consist of a two-day advanced spokesperson training program in New York and Los Angeles, where GLAAD staff, leading journalists and talking heads, and key media trainers will develop Institute participants in the areas of framing and messaging for on-camera and radio interviews.

Applicants to the Institute are asked to submit an application through GLAAD's website: http://www.glaad.org/programs/pocmedia. The program will be limited to 25-30 people, and participants will receive ongoing support, coaching, and training from GLAAD staff, including quarterly progress reviews.

'While the visibility of LGBT people and issues continues to grow, far too often the voices, views, and faces of people of color are underrepresented, if represented at all, in American news, entertainment, and online media,' said GLAAD's senior director of media programs, Rashad Robinson. 'This initiative will help us elevate more voices and continue GLAAD's ongoing effort to ensure that LGBT issues are represented in a fair, accurate and inclusive way - celebrating the rich diversity of the community and our allies.'

GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, visit www.glaad.org.

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