The Leonard-Litz Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded a Covid Relief grant to GLAAD. Based in New York City, GLAAD is a non-governmental media monitoring organization founded to protest the defamatory coverage of LGBT people. They later extended into the entertainment industry to help curate a positive narrative for LGBTQ people that amplifies visibility and accelerates acceptance.
GLAAD will use the $15,000 grant to create online programs for New England’s Black and Brown queer journalists, online activists and community leaders to promote connection amid the mass closings of LGBTQ Centers during the pandemic.
The Leonard-Litz Foundation was established to fund partner organizations in the northeast U.S. that are working to improve the lives of the LGBTQ+ population, with an emphasis on intersectional LGBTQ+ advocacy.
Bruce Morrow, Senior Director of Institutional Giving at GLAAD, notes, “When Covid-19 shut down the GLAAD Media Awards, it exacted $2 million from community engagement and outreach.” GLAAD Media Awards honor TV shows, films, artists, journalists and other media that depict fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony premiered this month and is viewable here.
Over recent years, not only have we seen mainstream media grow inclusive of LGBTQ+ people, but we’ve also observed LGBTQ+ media become intersectional, including representation of other marginalized communities.
We invite you to learn more about GLAAD and other Leonard-Litz Foundation grantees and help us support the important work they are doing for our community.