“It’s one thing to entertain people, but it’s another thing to actualy change lives, and even in some cases, save lives.” - Shay Mitchell (actor, writer and GLAAD ally)
You’re invited to attend a special reception for media industry practitioners to mark the first official visit to Australia by global LGBTIQ* media advocacy organisation GLAAD.*
Two of GLAAD’s key directors are visiting Australia to participate in a series of community forums and industry events aimed at accelerating the acceptance of LGBTIQ Australians and their families through fair, accurate and inclusive representation in the media.
The reception will provide a unique opportunity to be briefed about the work of GLAAD and how the organisation helps filmmakers, TV producers, journalists, programmers and other media creatives to give LGBTIQ people a fair go on the page and screen.
Guests will also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with internationally influential GLAAD Directors Ray Bradford and Ross Murray, as well as network with other leading members of Australia’s media and screen production sectors.
There’ll also be special guests including comedian Tom Ballard, writer Benjamin Law (The Family Law), journalist Monique Schafter (7:30), performer Jordan Raskopoulos (Axis of Awesome) and producer Charlotte Mars (Gayby Baby).
Ray Bradford, GLAAD Director of Programs, Entertainment Media
Ray advocates for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTIQ community across all entertainment media platforms. By combatting problematic content, harmful tropes and instances of defamation, and by working with industry partners and allies to promote stories that accelerate acceptance of LGBTIQ lives, he consults with creators at all levels to produce quality and marketable content that also respects the LGBTIQ community through the characters and stories they create.
Ross Murray, GLAAD Director of Programs, Global and U.S. South
Ross works with individuals and organizations to craft a media strategy and tell their story effectively, and in a way that calls others to action. Ross has secured national media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBT equality across diverse communities across the globe. In 2014, he was named one of Mashable's "10 LGBT-Rights Activists to Follow on Twitter." Ross is also a founder and director of The Naming Project, a faith-based camp for LGBT youth and their allies.
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