What is GLAAD?
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
GLAAD: Spanish-Language Media Team
The objective and truthful media coverage has played an important part in shaping public opinion on gay and transgender community. The best performances were multi-dimensional, reflecting our diversity and attracting a growing visibility of our families and couples.
However, within this framework gay and transgender people still they are represented in the media in Spanish as stereotypical characters and a point of derision. Many reporters, editors and producers continue to face challenges in covering the issues of our community.
We at GLAAD are committed to providing the necessary resources for the media coverage about our community is adequate.
GLAAD has a Spanish-Language Media team who’s objective is to serve the Hispanic/Latin LGBT community to ensure their representation is fair or Spanish and English- language Latino media. The team can be seen has a modern day task force implemented for the betterment of the LGBT community in Hispanic/Latin media.
Monica Trasandes is the Director of Programs, Spanish-Language and Latino Media at GLAAD. As a spokesperson, she has done more than 40 interviews on local, national and international news programs including CNN en Español, Telemundo, Univision and for many radio and print outlets.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4PJQ_aM1R4 *Click link please use English subtitles for translation.
In Spanish-language media, representations of LGBT people is rapidly increasing. In 2015, 33 segments were nominated for GLAAD Media Awards. Among them were excellent stories on transgender youth, on both Univision’s respected newsmagazine Aquí y Ahora and on the CNN en Español show Encuentro.
Facts about LGBT acceptance in Latin/Hispanic culture (2012)
- 59% say that homosexuality should be accepted by society.
- 54% support marriage between same-sex couples, outpacing the population as a whole, of which 53% support marriage for gay couples, according to a 2012 Gallup poll.
- According to a 2010 Bendixen & Amandi International poll:
- 80% of Latinos believe gay people often face discrimination
- 83% of Latinos support housing and employment non-discrimination protections
- 73% of Latinos support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military
- 75% of Latinos support school policies to prevent harassment and bullying of students who are or are perceived to be gay
- 55% of Latinos (and 68% of Latino Catholics) say that being gay is morally acceptable
More information http://www.glaad.org/publications/talkingabout/lgbthispanics
Reason(s) for progressive change?
- 2011 Reactions to Hate Crimes
Remembering Slain Transgender New Yorker Camila Guzmán
The murder of transgender woman Camila Guzmán in New York, caused several organizations, including GLAAD to join together and call attention to the attacks against transgender people.
Guzman was originally from Chile, and news of her death also reached Chilean press. An article in El Mostrador reported that a leading national LGBT organization, MOVILH (Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual), is petitioning Chile’s Department of Foreign Relations to take part in the investigation, citing the role that discrimination in the country had in propelling her to emigrate.
Univision’s Primer Impacto included a strong segment on Aug. 4 that highlighted a segment that showed protesters who were against these hate crimes.
One law that stood out that had a major impact on the Spanish community is a political one; The Mexican Court rules in favor of same sex couples. Mexico City passed same-sex marriage in 2009, and the Mexican Supreme Court upheld the law in 2010 stating that it would be discriminatory to deny Mexican couples the right to marry just because they are of the same gender. In July 2015, the court went even further for the advocacy of LGBT rights and affirmed that state laws restricting marriage to heterosexual couples is discriminatory.
GLAAD has not only implemented task forces such as Spanish-Language Media Team to help the representation of LGBT in Hispanic/Latin Media but it has joined with organizations that stop against hate crimes and other violent acts against LGBT community. GLAAD has done amazing job in promoting that change in laws and keeping the Hispanic/Latin community informed on rulings that affect them in the U.S and in their native countries with GLAAD Latino.