A Michigan apple grower who posted on Facebook that he wouldn’t allow gay couples to get married at his farm filed a lawsuit against the city of East Lansing on Wednesday after he was shut out of an outdoor farmer’s market.
The city said Stephen Tennes wasn’t invited back to the market because vendors must follow its civil rights ordinance, which bars discrimination. Tennes alleges that the city’s actions violate his rights to free speech and religion.
Tennes’ farm, 22 miles away from East Lansing in Eaton County, is a popular place to have weddings. In a Facebook post in December, he said he believes in heterosexual marriage and reserves the right to reject weddings that conflict with his beliefs.
“If the government can shut down a family farmer just because of the religious views he expresses on Facebook … then no American is free,” said Tennes’ attorney, Kate Anderson.
East Lansing said in a statement that the farm is violating the city’s “long-standing ordinance that protects sexual orientation” and can’t sell fruit at the market.
Tennes filed a lawsuit in federal court with help from Washington-based Alliance Defending Freedom, which specializes in religious liberty cases. He wants a judge to order East Lansing to allow him back at the market and also stop the city from extending policies to businesses outside the city.
Researchers announced findings today from the largest-ever combined sample of homeless youth in the United States and Canada, revealing that nearly one-fifth are victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both. The dual studies by researchers at The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University (New Orleans) Modern Slavery Research Project, drew on interviews with 911 homeless youth across 13 cities, including 12 cities where homeless young people accessed services through Covenant House, between February 2014 and March 2017. Covenant House operates the largest network of residences and community service centers for homeless youth across the Americas, reaching more than 46,000 youth every year in 30 cities across six countries.
The researchers found that 19.4% of the interviewed youth were victims of human trafficking, with 15% having been trafficked for sex, 7.4% trafficked for labor, and 3% trafficked for both. Sex trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, debt bonding or slavery.
“Too many youth are desperate and alone on the streets. Homelessness makes them vulnerable to traffickers,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “We don’t have to live in a world where desperate kids are bought and sold. If we want to reduce the number of youth who are trafficked, we have to end youth homelessness. We can, we must, and we should.”
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth were disproportionately affected. Though they accounted for just 19.2% of the respondents interviewed, LGBTQ youth accounted for 33.8% of the sex trafficking victims, and 31.8% of those who engaged in the sex trade.
The studies encompassed interviews with young people aged 17 to 25. Among the reports’ key findings:
15% of the total population of 911 young people had been trafficked for sex (21.4% of young women and 10% of young men). An astounding 26.9% of LGBTQ youth reported experiences consistent with the U.S. federal definition of sex trafficking.
32.1% of the youth interviewed had engaged in some way in the sex trade at some point: 40.5% of young females; 25.3% of young men. Fifty-six percent of the transgender youth reported being involved in the sex trade in some way.
The Loyola research further found that:
68% of the youth who had engaged in the commercial sex trade had done so while homeless.
91% of respondents reported being approached by strangers or acquaintances who offered lucrative work opportunities that turned out to be fraudulent work situations, scams, pandering, or sex trafficking.
The vast majority (81%) of labor trafficking cases reported were instances of forced drug dealing.
The Field Center’s focus on child welfare informed the development of a secondary survey administered to those who acknowledged experiencing sex trafficking. Questions looked at child welfare-related issues, such as previous abuse history, the number of foster homes in which a respondent was placed, as well as resilience factors.
Among the Field Center’s findings after interviewing close to 300 homeless youth in Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., were sobering statistics:
95% of youth who were sex trafficked reported a history of child maltreatment, with 49% reporting a history of childhood sexual abuse
67% of homeless females reported being offered money for sex
39% of those who were sex trafficked identified as LGTBQ youth, with transgender youth having the highest incidence
Youth who reported having the presence of a supportive adult in their lives and completing high school were less likely to be sex trafficked.
“This groundbreaking academically rigorous study specifically examines the child welfare-to-child trafficking pipeline,” Debra Schilling Wolfe, the executive director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania, said. “The goal is to identify the factors that can predict who is most at risk for sex trafficking. This work can shape national policy and create effective interventions, thereby stemming the pipeline to predators and ultimately reducing the number of victims.”
“We found that youth were seeking what we all seek – shelter, work, security – and that trafficker preyed on those very needs,” said Dr. Laura T. Murphy of the Modern Slavery Research Project said. “When we asked youth what they needed to avoid or escape these situations of forced labor and radical exploitation, they often pointed to the very resources that homeless shelters can and do provide them. What we need is more resources to support those programs and additional training that help service providers identify and assist those who are most at risk.”
Researchers interviewed homeless youth at Covenant House shelters in Anchorage, Atlanta, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. Interviews were also conducted with young people at Tumbleweed, one•n•ten, and Native American Connections – all located in Phoenix.
Organizers of a planned LGBT march on Washington scheduled for June 11, which has been named The Equality March for Unity and Pride, released on Wednesday the names of 12 of 13 co-chairs of the event but provided few additional details such as how it will be financed or the route of the march.
“The Equality March for Unity and Pride is less than two months away and we are thrilled to host this historic march in our nation’s capital,” a statement released by organizers says.
“Permits are being worked on, sponsors are being engaged, the website is forthcoming, and just this week we selected 12 of 13 National Co-Chairs!” the statement says. “This national group of diverse leaders in the LGBTQIA+ liberation movements will help shape the mission and vision of the march by elevating voices of those most underserved,” it says.
The statement adds that the diversity represented by the co-chairs would ensure “that in these trying times our communities can come together, march in solidarity, and demand equity, representation, protection of our most vulnerable, and safeguarding the many triumphs our communities have gained in the previous years while working towards championing many more.”
Among those named as co-chairs are Anika Simpson, Ph.D, founding coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Morgan State University, one of the nation’s historic black colleges; Ashley Smith, an official with the Capital Pride Alliance and a Human Rights Campaign Foundation board member; Catalina Velasquez, a widely recognized LGBT immigrant rights advocate and Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications for D.C.’s Casa Ruby community services center; and Jose L. Plaza, president of the D.C.-based Latino GLBT History Project.
Also named as one of the co-chairs is David Bruinooge, the New York City LGBT rights advocate who initiated the June 11 march through a Facebook posting in January that quickly drew thousands of messages of support for the idea of an LGBT march on the nation’s capital similar to the women’s march held the day following President Trump’s Inauguration.
The announcement on Wednesday of the names of the co-chairs and assurances that more details of the march would be disclosed soon came at a time when messages have surfaced on social media expressing concern that so few details of the event had been disclosed less than two months before the march was to take place.
Some Facebook postings have asked whether the march would actually happen and whether people who have made airline reservations to come to Washington should cancel them. Others expressed concern that as of this week no money had been raised to help pay for an event of this scale.
“There’s still plenty of time,” said D.C. gay activist Peter Rosenstein, who has been serving as a volunteer on a march planning committee prior to the selection of the co-chairs. “It’s all being worked out. The permits are in the works and the route will be decided on in a few weeks,” he said.
An application for a permit for the march submitted on March 10 to the National Park Service of the National Capital Region by Bruinooge, which the Park Service released to the Washington Blade, calls for two possible routes for the march.
One calls for participants to assemble on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets, N.W. and for participants to disperse at that same location but doesn’t say whether or where the march would travel.
The second proposed route states, “Dupont Circle/assembly at 17th Street (March across Penn. Ave. in front of White House. Disperse on 15th St., N.W.).”
Bruinooge told the Blade the march route is still under discussion among organizers and that he would be consulting with National Park Service officials and D.C. police to determine which areas of the National Mall and other locations will be available and best suited for the planned march.
José Plaza of the Latino GLBT History Project is among the list of co-chairs for the Equality March. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)
The march is set to take place on the same day as D.C.’s annual Capital Pride Festival, which takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. between 3rd Street, near the U.S. Capitol, and 7th St. The June 11 march would also take place one day after D.C.’s annual Capital Pride Parade, which usually travels from the Dupont Circle area past the 17th Street, N.W. commercial area to 14th and R St., N.W.
Ryan Bos, executive director of the Capital Pride Alliance, which organizes the Capital Pride events, said the group is cooperating with organizers of the Equality March for Unity and Pride but would not serve as the fiscal agent for the march.
Bos said no one associated with the march has approached Capital Pride Alliance about using the large stage near the Capitol that Capital Pride sets up each year to be used for political speeches associated with the march. March organizers, meanwhile, have not disclosed whether they plan to set up their own stage and sound system for speeches associated with the march.
“We have been discussing how to best represent and acknowledge these unique times and the desire for members of our community to voice their feelings,” Bos told the Blade in an email message. “We want to assist in getting individuals connected to organizations and activities that would allow them to take action,” he said. “In addition, we are discussing how best to represent this narrative on the Concert Stage as well.”
In recent years, Capital Pride has shunned political speeches at the annual festival and has used two separate stages largely for musical entertainment, including performances by nationally known singers.
In the statement released on Wednesday, march organizers point out that the Washington march will be accompanied by numerous “solidarity” marches and events throughout the country and internationally.
“Together we will continue to propel beyond a march but a movement for years to come, resisting and fighting for our communities’ rights, dignity and safety,” the statement says. “So please join us in D.C. or at solidarity events around the world. We welcome all!”
“And stay tuned for more information and details in the days/weeks ahead,” it continues. “We thank all of our supporters for their patience as we put this movement together and look forward to another historic event in Washington, D.C.”
The June 11 march would become the sixth national march on Washington for LGBT equality since the first national “gay” march was held in 1979. Subsequent LGBT marches on Washington took place in 1987, 1993, 2000, and 2009.
Following is the list of national march co-chairs as released in the April 19 statement:
1. Anika Simpson, Ph.D., Founder, Beyond Policy LLC | Founding Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Morgan State University | Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy | Co-Chair, MSU’s Presidential LGBTQA Advisory Council | Co-Chair, National Black Justice Coalition’s HBCU LGBTQA-Equality Initiative Advisory Council | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
2. Ashley Smith, The Capital Pride Alliance | Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Board Member | Pronouns: He, Him, His
3. Catalina Velasquez, Consult Catalina President | Casa Ruby Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications | Washington DC Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs Commissioner | Our Revolution Board Vice Chair | GetEqual Board Co-Chair | Megaphone Strategies Board Member | Inclusv Board Member | Trans United Fund Board Member | United We DREAM’s Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) Advisory Council | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers, Trans Goddess.
4. David Bruinooge, Founder: The Equality March for Unity & Pride | Pronouns: He, Him, His
5. Elle Hearns, Executive Director of The Marsha P Johnson Institute | Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
6. José L. Plaza, President, Latino GLBT History Project | Chair, DC Latino Pride | Executive Board Member, DC New Leaders Council | Pronouns: He, Him, His
7. Lydia X. Z. Brown, Chairperson of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council | At-large board member of the Autism Women’s Network | Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs
8. Lynnette McFadzen, President, BiNet USA | Producer, The BiCast | Core Organizer | The Bi Brigade | Pronouns: They/Them She/Hers
9. Nicole Murray Ramirez, International Court System, U.S.A., Canada and Mexico | Harvey Milk Foundation | Pronouns: He, Him, His
10. Sean Coleman, Executive Director, Destination Tomorrow | Board Member, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) | Pronouns: He, Him, His
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is backing efforts by Prop 8 plaintiff Kris Perry to release the full record of the groundbreaking case, including videotapes, which have remained under court seal. Prop 8 was the 2008 amendment to the California Constitution that stripped the state of marriage equality and was ultimately overturned by the United States Supreme Court in the case Perry v. Brown.
“The lives of millions of Americans have been changed by the historic fight to secure marriage equality nationwide. The effort to keep the Proposition 8 trial proceedings hidden from the public was wrong then, and it is wrong now,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The stories of our plaintiffs — Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff — are a crucial part of the historic record and our nation’s civil rights history. So are the claims made by those who have fought at every turn to deny loving couples their most basic fundamental rights.”
“Discrimination was put on trial and discrimination lost,” Griffin said. “The proponents of Proposition 8 made their arguments in a court of law. Why would they oppose making the video of their arguments public? What do they have to hide? The Human Rights Campaign believes it is crucial that these tapes be released to the public.”
On May 22, 2009, two same-sex couples — Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo — filed suit against the State of California in federal court, arguing that California’s Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution by denying them a fundamental right and depriving them of equal protection of the laws.
The couples were represented by attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies and supported by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), an organization co-founded by HRC President Chad Griffin.
A court has ruled a church can fire a gay man under a religious exemption.
A federal court this week rejected a Chicago-based music director’s claim he was unlawfully fired from a Catholic church for being gay, finding the parish can legally terminate the employee under the religious exemptions of civil rights laws.
In a seven-page decision , U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras determined Tuesday the Holy Family Parish, which is under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Chicago, had the right to terminate Colin Collette because the worker’s position was ministerial in nature.
“By playing music at church services, Collette served an integral role in the celebration of mass,” Kocoras said. “Collette’s musical performances furthered the mission of the church and helped convey its message to the congregants. Therefore, Collette’s duties as Musical Director fall within the ministerial exception.”
In 2014, Collette proposed marriage to his longtime partner, Will Nifong. After the Holy Family Parish learned about the engagement, it terminated Collette from his employment as music director. Collette had served as the parish’s director of music and director of worship for 17 years.
Two years later, Collette filed a lawsuit against the church and the Archdiocese of Chicago, accusing them of “employment discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and marital status” under the Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 as well as Illinois state law and Cook County’s human rights ordinance.
According to his complaint, Collette was shown emails from the Archdiocese’s Cardinal Francis George indicating that his termination was the result of his entering into a “non-sacramental marriage.” The cardinal also publicly stated in an October 2014 weekly church bulletin the termination was the result of Collette’s “participation in a form of union that cannot be recognized as a sacrament by the Church,” per the complaint.
Meanwhile, the church has employed many straight people who have entered “non-sacramental” marriages not sanctioned by the Catholic Church as well as gay employees who haven’t married their partners, according to the complaint. Collette alleged the disparity in treatment amounted to clear-cut discrimination under the law.
Kocoras, a Carter appointee, had sought a limited discovery and dispositive motion schedule, which demonstrates he entertained the idea Collette’s position wasn’t ministerial in nature and therefore protected under the civil rights law.
But Kocoras ultimately granted summary judgment in favor of church after determining “the evidence is overwhelming that Collette’s positions at the Parish were critical to the spiritual and pastoral mission of the church,” citing Collette’s role in determining which songs were played at church service.
“[A] position can be found to be ministerial if it requires the participant to undertake religious duties and functions,” Kocoras wrote. “Here, Collette worked with church volunteers to choose the music that would enhance the prayer offered at mass. Choosing songs to match the weekly scripture required the group, including Collette, to make discretionary religious judgments since the Catholic Church does not have rules specifying what piece of music is to be played at each mass.”
Had Kocaras determined Collette’s position was for secular duties and not ministerial in nature, such as janitorial work, the church could have been liable for the damages Collette was seeking, which included reinstatement, back pay, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees.
The court reaches the conclusion the Holy Family Parish can lawfully fire Collette shortly after the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which sets precedent in the jurisdiction, determined anti-gay workplace discrimination amounts sex discrimination under Title VII and is therefore unlawful even though sexual orientation isn’t mentioned in the law. But that landmark ruling affirmed Title VII applies to gay people without a finding a new application of the law with regard to its religious exemption.
The Washington Blade has placed a request in with Collette’s lawyers seeking comment on whether or not he intends to appeal the decision against him to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Blade has also placed a request seeking reaction from the Holy Family Parish and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and more than 200 other members of Congress today introduced the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal bill that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people and women. In addition to providing explicit nondiscrimination protections to LGBT people, the Equality Act fills gaps in our nation’s civil rights laws for women and people of color.
Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student whose lawsuit against his school board over its refusal to allow him to use the boys’ restroom helped bring the fight for transgender rights to the national stage, had the following reaction:
“I have had to fight for years to be treated by my school as the young man that I am. Discrimination remains a daily part of life for far too many LGBT people across our country. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with dignity. That is all I have ever wanted for myself, and is something the Equality Act could help make real.
“I am only one person, but I know that I am not alone. I am proud to fight alongside the ACLU, members of Congress, and so many others who are working to ensure a better future for LGBT people.”
Ian Thompson, American Civil Liberties Union legislative representative, had the following reaction:
“We cannot allow the current political climate to be used as an excuse for inaction. There is too much at stake for LGBT people, women, and people of color. While the Trump administration continues to act to undermine recent progress, particularly for transgender people, we must fight back by pressing forward with a proactive agenda. In courtrooms and in the halls of legislatures, the ACLU will fight as hard as ever to ensure that LGBT people are able to lead lives that are free from the sting of discrimination. Today’s introduction of the Equality Act serves as an opportunity to recommit to this goal.”
Rea Carey, executive director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund said,“Everyone, regardless of who they are or the person they love, deserves equal protection under the law. Despite the significant progress we’ve made toward equality in the last decade, the Trump Administration’s attacks on LGBTQ people shows just how swiftly many of these hard-fought changes can be rolled back. That is why we need strong federal non-discrimination legislation for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, publicly funded programs, access to credit, and jury service.”
Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) launched a Web site — HRC.org/Trump — chronicling the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attacks against the LGBTQ community. The timeline, which will continue to be updated, spotlights efforts to undermine the LGBTQ community from rescinding guidelines protecting transgender students, to appointing Jeff Sessions to the nation’s highest law enforcement post, to threatening a “license to discriminate” Executive Order and erasing LGBTQ people in federal data gathering — as well as how the community is fighting back.
“Since the moment he walked into the Oval Office, Donald Trump has attacked our progress and undermined the rights of countless Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “After promising to be a president for all Americans, Trump has stacked his cabinet with anti-LGBTQ officials, rescinded protections for transgender students, pushed a Muslim ban and draconian deportation orders, and is reportedly considering a license to discriminate order. But instead of dividing us, Donald Trump has united us. Never before have Americans been more eager to participate, to advocate and to fight back. And today, HRC and our grassroots army are harnessing the full power of our democracy to protect our progress and resist Donald Trump’s attacks.”
In the run up to the 100 day mark, HRC is also launching a social campaign spotlighting 100 Messages of Hope that highlight how people have come together — and to encourage people to post their own messages.
In the run up to the 100 day mark, HRC is also launching a social campaign spotlighting 100 Messages of Hope that highlight how people have come together — and to encourage people to post their own messages.
Since Inauguration Day, HRC members and supporters have logged hundreds of thousands of calls, emails and meetings with members of Congress to rally for the Affordable Care Act, to fight Trump’s nomination of anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and other appointees, to lobby for the Equality Act and more. HRC has also mobilized tens of thousands of supporters for protests outside the White House to #ProtectTransKids and join grassroots rallies across the nation — including the Women’s March and Save Our Care events.
Some of Trump’s most disgraceful actions targeting the LGBTQ community include:
Rolling back Title IX guidance detailing critical school protections for transgender students;
Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed eight candidates in state and local races. Danica Roem, running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, received a spotlight endorsement, and would become the first state legislator to win as an openly transgender candidate if elected.
“We have a groundbreaking opportunity to make Danica Roem the first state legislator to win as an out trans candidate – and we are determined to help her to a primary victory this May,” said Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President & CEO at Victory Fund. “Currently there is zero trans representation in any state legislature, making it easy for extremist politicians to push forward the flood of anti-trans bills we’ve seen across the country. Representation is power, so a win for Danica is a critical first step to electing more trans people who can be a voice for the community and fight back against anti-equality efforts.”
Among the other endorsees are three LGBTQ candidates running for local races in Texas. The Texas state legislature continues to introduce dozens of bills targeting the LGBTQ community, including a religious exemption bill that allows business owners to deny service to LGBTQ people. If elected, these local LGBTQ leaders can help protect people in their communities by passing policies that mitigate the effects of any anti-equality bills from the state legislature.
Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.
Danica Roem, Virginia House of Delegates, HD-13
Reginald Bledsoe, Newark School Board (NJ)
Johnny Boucher, Grand Prairie Independent School District, Position 4 (TX)
Joshua Carter, El Paso Community College Trustee, District 7 (TX)
Omar Narvaez, Dallas City Council, District 6 (TX)
Henry Sias, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge (PA)
LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte City Council, District 3 (NC)
Carol Becker, Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation (MN)
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Wisconsin, and volunteer attorneys from the law firm Hawks Quindel have sued Wisconsin’s state university system and insurance board over their refusal to provide gender-affirming health insurance coverage to state employees who are transgender.
The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Alina Boyden, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Shannon Andrews, a cancer researcher at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
“The state continues to deny our clients coverage for medically necessary treatment simply because they are transgender, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” said John Knight, an attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project. “All that transgender people like Alina and Shannon are asking for is to be treated like everyone else, and that includes respect and coverage for the health care they need.”
The state’s Group Insurance Board approved coverage for such medically necessary care in July 2016, but under pressure from the state attorney general, voted in closed session to rescind the benefits in December. Boyden and Andrews filed challenges to the exclusion with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and they are now seeking relief in federal court.
“Many people can relate to paying into an insurance plan only to be told that the treatment they need is not covered,” said Andrews. “But when the reason you are denied coverage is because of who you are, it is even more painful. And it’s clearly discrimination.”
Boyden said, “Too many transgender people continue to face discrimination in all facets of life, including health care access, and so I felt compelled to stand up and try to do something about it.”
ACLU of Wisconsin Legal Director Larry Dupuis said, “The state should not be playing games with its transgender employees’ essential medical needs. It has cruelly backtracked on its promise to provide access to care that the medical community agrees is necessary.”
Counsel on the filing includes Dupuis of the ACLU of Wisconsin, Knight of the ACLU, and Nick Fairweather and Mike Godbe of the law firm Hawks Quindel.
The National LGBTQ Task Force, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) have launched a Spanish-language stylebook for journalists reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. First published by NLGJA and NAHJ in 2005, “El Manual de Estilo Sobre la Comunidad Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual y Transgénero” is available online here.
“We’re honored to partner with NLGJA and NAHJ in publishing this critical resource to help guide journalists in their reporting on issues affecting LGBTQ people,” said National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey. “Now more than ever, as we learned all too well from last November’s election, accurate and fair reporting is essential.”
The Spanish-language stylebook includes guidance as well as a glossary of terms to use and avoid when reporting on LGBTQ people. Earlier today, representatives from NLGJA, NAHJ, and the National LGBTQ Task Force took part in a live-recorded panel to discuss the stylebook that can be viewed on Facebook.
“NLGJA’s mission is to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBTQ issues and people, and we’re very excited to make that mission more inclusive and accessible through ‘El Manual de Estilo Sobre La Comunidad Lesbiana, Gay, Biexual y Transgénero.’ NLGJA is grateful for the cooperation and collaboration of NAHJ and the Task Force in bringing this new resource to life,” said NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus.
The collaborative publication is a result of ongoing efforts to educate journalists on LGBTQ cultural competence, which includes workshops at the annual NLGJA National Convention, NAHJ’s Excellence in Journalism Conference, and the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. The 2017 NLGJA National Convention will take place in Philadelphia on September 7-10 and the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Conference is set for September 7-9 in Anaheim, California. The 30th annual Creating Change Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. on January 24-28, 2018.
“In 2005, I served as Co-Chair of the NAHJ GLBT caucus, so this really is a full circle moment for me. NAHJ and NLGJA continue to provide GLBT resources in Spanish and English to our members and journalists across the country. We are elated that The Task Force has facilitated this opportunity for us,” said NAHJ President Brandon Benavides.