by Fred Kuhr
In anticipation of World Pride in New York City — and celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Stonewall all over the country — GLAAD has released “Stonewall 50: A Journalist’s Guide to Reporting on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall and the Legacy of Pride.”
The guidebook offers story ideas, a history of the Stonewall Inn, an overview of significant event in the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement, and a discussion of issues affected the community in the United States and around the world.
“This guide is intended to help journalists cover Stonewall 50 with fairness, depth, and accuracy,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “It is designed to ensure that media shine a powerful light on this landmark occasion and give it the attention deserved within the evolving American experience.”
Story ideas include: Interview LGBTQ elders, focus on transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary communities, and explore the Trump Administration’s attempts to roll back protections for LGBTQ people.
The guidebook puts an emphasis on international issues, noting GLAAD’s media and public education work during the World Cup in Brazil and the Olympics in Russia as well as its assistance in bringing 10 Chinese same-sex couples to the United States to be married at West Hollywood City Hall.
The publication also highlights a new resource, “HIV & AIDS in the News: A Guide for Reporting in a New Era of Prevention & Treatment,” designed to help media cover the newest HIV related issues. That is available at www.glaad.org/hiv
GLAAD also offers a language and terminology guide to provide guidance for reporters “to reflect the current language used by the community,” a thorny subject even for those who are a part of the LGBTQ community. That is available at www.glaad.org/reference
“Stonewall 50” is available at https://www.glaad.org/sites/default/files/Stonewall%20Guide.pdf