The Leonard-Litz Foundation is pleased to announce the award of a Covid Relief grant to GLAAD. Based in New York City, GLAAD is a non-governmental organization working in media monitoring, and it was founded to protest the defamatory coverage of LGBTQ 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 northeast U.S. organizations that are working to improve the lives of the LGBTQ+ population, with an emphasis on intersectional advocacy.
GLAAD Media Awards honor TV shows, films, artists, journalists and other media that depict fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. 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.” 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. GLAAD has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in this cultural transformation.
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.