Liveblogging NOW -- LGBT POC session
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Label at Your Own Risk: Covering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People of Color
* Jahna Berry
Reporter, Arizona Republic
* Andy Marra
Asian-Pacific Islander Media Strategist, GLAAD
* Miguel Morales
* David Plazas
Community Conversation Editor, The News-Press
* Thomas Avila
Deputy Executive Director, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
For three decades, media coverage of gays in America has focused primarily on white men and women: From reports outlining same-sex cohabitation, adoption; AIDS awareness, and the fight over the right to marry, the faces usually depicted in such news stories are usually those of white individuals. But as the nation’s demographics rapidly change, so to must coverage of gays change to reflect growing numbers of people of color who grapple with these issues. How do people of color experience the process of “coming out,” compared with whites? Are black men experiencing the gay-marriage debate differently than their white counterparts? How about Asian-American same-sex couples - are they concerned with the challenges of adopting? Is the public’s limited understanding of the transgendered community more or less confused by the presence of blacks and Latinos who are transgendered? This workshop will provide journalists with information and resources on gay people of color, and strategies for better covering one of the most overlooked communities in America.