NLGJA shared the following with the NBC Olympics news team.
I am writing you today on behalf of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) regarding concerns we have about coverage of the upcoming Olympic Games. NLGJA and NBC have a long history together, and we want to remind you that we are here to help you. The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will be one of the most covered events of 2014. As part of that story, NLGJA strongly encourages American and international media to cover human rights concerns being raised by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Russians as well as LGBT people who will be covering, attending and participating in the games.
In July, Russia imposed a law that imposed fines on those who spread information "directed at forming nontraditional sexual set ups" or that gives the "distorted understanding" that homosexuals are "socially equivalent" to heterosexuals. The so-called "homosexual propaganda" penalized under the legislation includes wearing a rainbow flag or tweeting positive messages about gays or lesbians. The law also provides for the arrest and detention of foreigners engaging in such activities for up to 15 days followed by deportation.
The Russian government has given the International Olympic Committee assurances that the laws will not be enforced during the international games, although some Russian lawmakers have made statements that run counter to those assurances. Reports of comments from NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus, while supportive of LGBT people, were not clear in terms of what degree of coverage his network would give to these issues during the games.
NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students with a mission of ensuring fairness and accuracy in the coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As journalists, we know these developments are clearly news. Violence against outspoken LGBT Russians in the wake of the new law followed by calls by some American LGBT and Russian people for boycotts of both the Olympics and Russian-affiliated products have made this a story that any news organization covering the Games should include in its reporting.
This story also should be covered from the perspective of the athletes. Often, coverage of the Olympic Games becomes a celebration of the competition and the celebration of the human spirit. Many LGBT athletes have overcome harassment and stereotyping to become powerful sports competitors. But many LGBT athletes still feel they have to hide their sexual orientation to take their place among the world's top competitors. Competition inherently comes with fear. But for LGBT athletes participating in these games, that fear now includes persecution and possibly even violence.
We urge you to share these stories through your coverage. We also ask you to include LGBT athletes in your coverage, and put into context the personal challenge attending the Winter Olympic Games presents for them.
NLGJA members in print, broadcast, online, international and national newsrooms will be covering the Olympic Games. We are not an advocacy group, but a group of working journalism professionals dedicated to ensuring fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community. We will be watching the coverage of these games with great interest. But we will also be watching for the stories that aren't told.
Please consider: Words matter. Athletes are among the biggest role models in our society. Research has shown that LGBT teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of all suicide attempts. Depression and drug use among LGBT people have both been shown to increase significantly after new laws that discriminate against gay people are passed. Bullying of LGBT youth has been shown to be a contributing factor in many suicides, even if not all of the attacks have been specifically addressing sexuality or gender.
We're also concerned, naturally, about the safety of journalists covering these issues. We can offer guidance and resources to help ensure the safety of LGBT and straight journalists who will be covering these stories.
NLGJA isn't just for LGBT people. As your colleagues, we are here for all journalists. Please feel free to reach out to our leaders and members for guidance and assistance. Check out what we have to offer at nlgja.org/resources.
Vice President of Broadcast
On behalf of the the National Board of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association
If you are looking for background on these issues, here are some links you might find useful:
- Vladimir Putin signs anti-gay propaganda bill, The Telegraph
- IOC presidential candidate Carrion seeks assurances on Russia's anti-gay law. Washington Post
- Russia warns gays to 'obey law' in Sochi, AFP
- NBC Sports vague on plans to cover Russia's anti-gay law during the Winter Olympics, Salon
- Gay Bashing Inside the Garden Ring, International Herald Tribune
- Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Incite Push for Russian Liquor, Food Boycott, ABC News
- Olympians speak out, ESPN
- The Impact of Institutional Discrimination on Psychiatric Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: A Prospective Study, American Journal of Public Health
- Anti-Gay Bullying Tied to Teen Depression, Suicide, NLM and NIH
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The company that runs the shuttle service to the Albuquerque airport's rental-car center is apologizing after a driver allegedly ordered a gay couple to sit in the back of the shuttle bus.
Standard Parking Inc. said it respects the equal rights of all customers and doesn't tolerate discrimination of any kind. It also said the employee was suspended after the company learned in July of the late June incident.
According to a police report, one of the men involved said they'd been holding hands and that the driver ordered them to the back when one of them started to sing.
The city's Human Rights Office will look into the incident, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said he believed the driver behaved inappropriately.
"We're out there aggressively making sure this never happens again because this does not belong in Albuquerque, New Mexico," Berry told KOB-TV. "This does not reflect Albuquerque, New Mexico, and as the mayor I'm upset about it, and we want to make sure we get to the bottom of it."
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Josue Santiago, a former Pridelines Youth Services member and board chairman, will be honored Saturday at the organization's eighth annual gala.
"Pridelines has made a significant impact in my life by helping me become a better leader and establish lifelong connections," said Santiago, now a senior communications specialist for FPL. "It was through their regular programing that I learned a lot about the LBGT community and the issues we face."
At the gala, themed "A Night in Havana," Pridelines will honor Santiago as the PYS Rainbow Circle Award recipient.
"I met great friends and interacted with outstanding mentors that I still keep in touch with today, over a decade after aging out of the program," he said. "It was an experience that I have carried with me throughout the years in all facets of my life. What I gained from Pridelines continues to impact me today. I feel extremely humbled by this special recognition and I am incredibly proud that Pridelines continues to provide its critical services to the LGBTQ youth of South Florida."
Pridelines will also honor The Miami Foundation at the gala, to be held at The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables. Tickets are still available. Here are details from Pridelines:
Pridelines Youth Services, South Florida’s oldest LGBTQ service agency, is proud to announce its 8th annual gala to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth on August 10th. One of the most anticipated themed parties of the year will take attendees back to the excitement and allure of A Night in Havana during the 1950s. This year’s honorees, The Miami Foundation and Josue Santiago, have been selected as a result of their unparalleled dedication to both the LGBTQ community and the youth served by Pridelines throughout South Florida.
“We’re thrilled about this year’s honorees,” said Victor Diaz-Herman, executive director of Pridelines Youth Services. “The Miami Foundation and Josue Santiago are both essential parts of Pridelines’ history. They are two of the main reasons that we’re still operating today and are the perfect honorees to follow last year’s founding honoree members.”
The Miami Foundation has been a source of consistent and considerable support for South Florida’s LGBTQ youth for many years. Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create personal, permanent and powerful legacies by establishing customized charitable funds. With foundation expertise, fund holders have fostered the arts, awarded scholarships, championed diversity, taught kids to read, and provided food and shelter for the hungry and homeless. Additionally, the Foundation has ensured that LGBTQ youth continue to have safe, supportive, and educational environments throughout Miami-Dade County by supporting organizations such as Pridelines, YES Institute, and Safe Schools South Florida. Pridelines will honor The Miami Foundation as this year’s recipient of the LGBT Youth Community Sentinel Award.
“We are privileged to support organizations like Pridelines that are so dedicated to creating safe and equitable communities for LGBTQ youth and adults,” said Charisse Grant, senior vice president for programs at The Miami Foundation. “We are honored to receive this year’s LGBT Youth Community Sentinel Award.”
Josue Santiago was a former youth member and became the youngest board chair in Pridelines’ history. Under his leadership and vision, Santiago helped keep the organization’s doors open throughout its most trying times. For his leadership at Pridelines and his dedication to the South Florida community through his work with other organizations, Pridelines will honor him this year as the PYS Rainbow Circle Award recipient.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named the recipient of the Rainbow Circle Award from an organization that holds such a special place in my heart. My experiences with the organization, both as a youth member and then board chair, left a positive imprint that I’ll carry with me forever. I humbly accept this award on behalf of the great people that provided their unconditional support, served as my mentors and worked so diligently with me to ensure Pridelines’ continuity,” said Santiago.
This year’s gala will be hosted at The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables on Saturday, August 10th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm in the hotel’s historic Rotunda. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP and are available online at www.pridelines.org. VIP admission includes a private bar, casino gaming and special giveaways. Special entertainment for the evening will be a performance by the fabulous Marytrini.
Sponsorship and table hosting opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Bob Gramatges (email@example.com) or Victor Diaz-Herman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 305-571-9601.
Pridelines Youth Services is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by gay youth for gay youth and their allies in the wake of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign. Pridelines’ mission is to support, educate and empower South Florida’s LGBTQ youth in a safe and diverse environment as well as to foster dialogue and cultivate social change. For 30 years, Pridelines has provided safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development and referrals to mental health, health care and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies between the ages of 13 and 24.
Pridelines is located at 9526 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104, in Miami Shores. For more information about Pridelines, call (305) 571-9601, or visit www.pridelines.org.
News release from Herb Sosa, president of Unity Coalition:
The Whispering Angels Scholarship & Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida team up to offer South Florida LGBT Students seeking a College Scholarship for Design and the Arts: Applications now being accepted thru Sept 15, 2013.
August 2013…Miami, Florida- Established in 2007 in memory of her late partner, renowned Interior Designer Anita Priest, the “Whispering Angels” Memorial Scholarship program founded by Sandra Holiday is a legacy program that provides a scholarship for the LGBT community to advance their education in the area of Design and or the Arts.
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida (UC|CU), the first & only organization for the Latino|Hispanic|LGBTQ Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) - advancing Equality since 2002, is proud to partner with the Whispering Angels Foundation for 2013, and nominated its founder SANDRA HOLIDAY for our Legends Honors, for her years of tireless and unselfish work on behalf of the LGBT, Youth, Design and Arts communities.
Past recipients JOVAN KALA HANNAH, ALBERTO PARRA and others have gone on to study with the help of this foundation generosity.
The Whispering Angels Foundation, under the guidance of Sandra and in memory of Anita, is essential to our community. It allows a young LGBT student who otherwise might not get to go to college, fulfill his/her dreams and go on and make a difference. We are proud to support their work and partner in this important community project. – Herb Sosa, UC|CU president
- You must be a resident of South Florida.
- Completed and signed application
- Recent photo or digital photo in jpg, gif, or bmp format
- Most recent academic transcript to be sent by the school by e-mail or by mail
- At least two and no more than three letters of recommendation (At least one of these must be from an individual familiar with your work in South Florida (no family members)
- A scan of Driver’s License / State Issued ID
- I authorize the Anita Priest Scholarship Committee to review and discuss my grades and other records concerning me that are maintained by my school or submitted by me for consideration. This authorization is being granted to this Committee as it pertains to my being considered for a Scholarship Award.
One applicant will be awarded a $2,500. scholarship for tuition expenses related to Design and the Arts
FOR INFO on the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Foundation and Scholarship Application, visit: www.whisperingangelsfoundation.com
'That's a boy?' Two-year-old mocked in Polk County Wal-Mart for wearing a 'cute girly headband,' mom says
A Polk County, Fla., mom has created a sensation by blogging about what happened to her 2-year-old son -- wearing a "cute girly headband" with a pink lace flower on it -- in a local Wal-Mart:
Out of nowhere a big booming voice rang out. "THAT'S a BOY?!" The man was overly large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off. He had tattered shorts and lace-up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him.
"Yes," I said simply, still smiling.
With no notice, the man stepped forward, grabbed the headband off of Dexter's head and threw it to the bottom of our shopping cart. He then cuffed Dexter around the side of his head (not hard, but that is not the point) and said with a big laugh, "You'll thank me later, little man!"
Three classic films of gay icon James Dean, the Hollywood movie star who died at age 24 in a 1955 car crash, are coming to Blu-ray this November with full restorations, according to Warner Home Video.
Here are the details from WHV:
James Byron Dean
February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955
James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition ($99.98 SRP)
East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, the Actor’s Only Films and All for Warner Bros.,
Now Remastered for their Blu-ray™ debut Nov. 5
BURBANK, Calif., August 6, 2013 — When he died in 1955 at the age of 24 in a car crash, James Dean was mourned by millions of fans throughout the world. Despite only making three films – all of them for Warner Bros. – Dean became one of Hollywood’s most spectacular stars, and 50 years later still remains an internationally compelling force, an iconic image, and a cult favorite of timeless fascination.
On November 5, Warner Home Video will debut East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant (a George Stevens production), remastered Blu-ray as the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition – a limited and numbered six-disc set that boasts three feature-length documentaries about Dean’s life including James Dean Forever Young, narrated by Martin Sheen; American Masters James Dean Sense Memories and George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey. Packaged in a double-wide gift set, the collection also contains a 48-page photo book with behind-the-scene images and rare insight into each film. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will sell for $99.98 SRP; each film will also be available as a stand-alone Blu-ray book for $27.98 SRP each.
All three films were 4k restorations from original camera negatives at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI). Due to color fading, the original camera negatives could no longer yield an acceptable photochemical print.
For Rebel Without a Cause, the stereo soundtrack was reconstructed from the magnetic soundtrack stripes of Cinemascope release prints. The film’s restoration was done by Warner Bros. in collaboration with The Film Foundation. Restoration funding was provided by Warner Bros., Gucci and The Film Foundation.
Details of the James Dean Ultimate Collector’s Edition
East of Eden (1955) ($27.98 SRP)
Based on John Steinbeck’s novel and directed by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean’s movie legacy. The idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas, California youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father (Raymond Massey) with his favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean’s performance earned one of the film’s four Academy Award® nominations. Among the movie’s stellar performers, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress (1955).
- Commentary by Richard Schickel
- "Forever James Dean" [1987 Documentary]
- "East of Eden: Art in Search of Life"
- Screen Tests
- Richard Davalos" [Wardrobe Test]
- "James Dean and Richard Davalos" [Wardrobe Test]
"James Dean, Richard Davalos and Julie Harris" [Wardrobe Test]
- "James Dean and Lois Smith" [Wardrobe Test]
- "Lois Smith" [Wardrobe Test]
- "James Dean and Jo Van Fleet" [Wardrobe Test]
- "Jo Van Fleet" [Wardrobe Test]
- "Costumes and Production Design" [Wardrobe Test]
- Deleted Scenes
- 3/9/1955 NYC Premier
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) ($27.98 SRP)
In one of the most influential performances in movie history, Dean plays Jim Stark, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of postwar teens – and still reverberates 50 years later. Natalie Wood (as Jim’s girl Judy) and Sal Mineo (as Jim’s tag-along pal Plato) were Academy Award® nominees for their achingly true performances. Director Nicholas Ray was also an Oscar® nominee for this landmark film which was released less than one month after Dean’s fatal car crash.
- Commentary By Douglas L. Rathgeb
- Documentary "James Dean Remembered" [1974 TV Special]
- Documentary "Rebel Without A Cause: Defiant Innocents"
- Dennis Hopper Interview NEW!
- Screen Tests
- Wardrobe Tests
- Deleted Scenes
- "Behind The Cameras: Natalie Wood"
- "Behind The Cameras: Jim Backus"
- "Behind The Cameras: James Dean"
- Theatrical Trailers
Giant (a George Stevens production) (1956) ($27.98 SRP)
Based on Edna Ferber’s best-selling family saga about a Texas family of ranchers and oilmen, Giant stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and Dennis Hopper. In his final film role, Dean stars as wrangler turned oil baron Jett Rink. Directed by the legendary George Stevens, this sprawling epic received ten Academy Award® nominations including a Best Actor nod for Dean and earned Stevens a win for Directing (1956).
- Introduction by George Stevens Jr.
- Commentary by George Stevens Jr., Ivan Moffat and Stephen Farber
- “George Stevens: Filmmakers Who Knew Him"