The Los Angeles Press Club, SAG-AFTRA and LGBTs In The News present…

Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media

in an Age of Resistance and Backlash

at

THE
STEVE ALLEN THEATER

in HOLLYWOOD

Thursday Evening, July 27, 2017

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Panel of West Coast’s Leading LGBTQ Journalists, Columnists Discuss Future of Queer Media

L.A. Press Club’s Finale Event at Historic Steve Allen Theater Before Venue’s Demolition

”Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media
in an Age of Resistance and Backlash’

LOS ANGELES—LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee and The Los Angeles Press Club present a panel of America’s most interesting and influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media professionals gathering Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Steve Allen Theater for a live discussion and Q&A session titled, “Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media in an Age of Resistance and Backlash.”

The live-discussion series is sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA LGBT Actors Committee; and this engagement is made possible by The Los Angeles Press Club, Dr. Bronner’s, The Rage Monthly, and All4U Apparel.

Panelists include:

Neal Broverman, executive editor of The Advocate, a newsmagazine and website recognized as America’s foremost authority in serious, LGBTQ-focused journalism. Broverman is also a regular contributor to Los Angeles magazine. His writing has appeared in Curbed, the Los Angeles Times, Angeleno, and USA Today. The Advocate just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Ashlee Marie Preston, editor-in-chief of Wear Your Voice Magazine, is the first transgender person to be appointed editor-in-chief of a major publication. Preston has been featured by various media outlets including NBC, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, Vice, The Daily Dot, Mic, Upworthy, The Advocate/OUT Magazine(s), and PopSugar.

Karen Ocamb, veteran journalist and former CBS News producer. Ocamb was FrontiersLA’s news editor for many years and now works for the Los Angeles Blade.

Morgan M. Hurley, managing editor of San Diego Community News Network. Hurley is also editor of Gay San Diego and San Diego Downtown News newspapers. She helped launch the online-only San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (sdgln.com) site and served as its assistant editor. Hurley is a decorated veteran of the United States Navy and an inductee of the Benjamin F. Dillingham III LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor.

Vic Gerami, columnist for WeHo Times and manager of events for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Formerly with the L.A. Weekly, Frontiers Magazine and Voice Media Group, Gerami is an LGBTQ activist and media contributor whose work has been featured in The Advocate, OUT, L.A. Independent, Edge Media Network, Queerty, The Rage Monthly and The Fight. In 2009, he was featured in the Wall Street Journal as a “Leading Gay Activist.” He was noted in the landmark Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges case, in which the Court held, in a 5–4 decision, that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.

Joel Martens, editor-in-chief at The Rage Monthly magazine, which publishes Los Angeles and San Diego editions. Coming to media by way of design, his consulting work has been featured in magazines such as San Diego Home and Garden, Décor and Style. Martens has also made several television appearances, including on ABC-10, Fox Channel 6, and KUSI, as well as syndicated appearances on The Christopher Lowell Show and HGTV’s My First Home.

Moderated by LGBTs In The News founder and veteran journalist, Thom Senzee, the panel will look at how the queer media space has evolved from a time when readers of magazines like The Advocate appreciated their subscriptions arriving in plain, brown, unmarked envelopes in order to conceal their “controversial” content, to today when HereTV and Logo proudly cablecast LGBTQ programming into straight family rooms from Oshkosh, Neb. to Orange County, Calif.

“But the real thrust of this engagement of LGBTs In The News will be how the advent of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States and the empowerment of his largely LGBTQ equality-opposed base threatens to roll back recent gains for our community, and how that impacts our jobs as queer reporters, producers, editors and publishers,” Senzee said.

“With Neal Broverman’s eagle-eye view from the top of LGBTQ media, Ashlee Marie Preston’s unique perspective as a powerful woman of color in the media and a journalist who happens to be trans, Karen Ocamb’s wisdom, astute analytical powers and her experience, plus Morgan Hurley’s journalistic gusto and integrity, combined with Vic Gerami’s uniquely varied skill set and his passion, as well as Joel Marten’s talent and unmatched work ethic—this is a panel of LGBTQ media professionals who will not only lay out the task ahead, but also share ideas about how the LGBTQ press can continue delivering truth to power and comfort to the afflicted.”

Senzee thanks the Los Angeles Press Club, especially its executive director, Diana Ljungaeus, for being longtime supporters of LGBTs In The News and for pioneering and promoting equality in the mainstream media for LGBTQ journalists.

“When Diana told us we had the date saved and that ours would be the final event at the famed Steve Allen Theater, the L.A. Press Club’s longtime event venue and home, I was moved and humbled,” Senzee said. “Diana and the press club have been so kind and generous to the panel series and the LGBTQ community moreover for many years. I’m sorry to see the theater go, but excited to see where the frontier leads.”

Friday, May 19 at Urban Mo’s in San Diego ~ Featuring DALILA ALI RAJAH! Plus Dr. Heather Corliss, Ariel Vegosen and Blake Mitchell…

LGBTs In The News is a live-discussion panel series coming soon to a city near you.

With an accomplished panel of experts and equality advocates from the worlds entertainment, journalism, education and public health, the next engagement asks the provocative question: 

What if 80 Percent of the World is “Secretly Choosing” to be Straight?

To RSVP: Email the following information to info@lgbtsinthenews.com :

  1. Your name,
  2. Number of guests including yourself
  3. Any special needs (space for a wheelchair, ASL interpreter, etc.).

That’s it! We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your guests the evening of Friday, May 19 from 6-8 p.m.

Livestreaming

If you can’t make it in person, here’s a link to watch via livestream (special thanks to Lukas, of Mo’s Universe / Urban Mo’s, one of our sponsors for the link):

https://livestream.com/accounts/9213086/events/7412546

Thanks to the following sponsors: drbronners.com | all4uapparel.com | rage monthly.com | sag-aftra.org | genderillumination.org | mosuniverse.com

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LGBTs In The News: Live July 7

Live streaming at https://livestream.com/accounts/9213086/events/5750806/edit

Join us in San Diego…

Join the San Diego Press Club and a host of other sponsors July 7, 2016 for an exciting evening of live discussion with a panel of six dynamic transgender newsmakers, including former U.S. Navy SEAL and former congressional candidate, Kristin Beck. Members of the media and the public are invited as journalist Thom Senzee moderates the next LGBTs In The News panel engagement. Please scroll down to RSPV.

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and The San Diego Press Club present…

Transcending Stereotypes: 

What it means to be transgender

in America today

Thursday, July 7, 2016 7 p.m.

at Urban Mo’s in the Heart of Hillcrest

308 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Join journalist, Thom Senzee, the San Diego Press Club, SAG-AFTRA (formerly the Screen Actors Guild), Mo’s Universe, Fabulous Hillcrest, Dr. Bronners, Gender Illumination and a host of other sponsors who invite you to the return of LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee to San Diego—the hometown city where this nationwide live-discussion panel series launched in 2013.

Members of the media, local activists and members of the public will gather for the first-ever LGBTs In The News engagement featuring a panel comprised entirely of newsmakers from the transgender community.

Kristin Beck
Kristin Beck

Kristin Beck—PANEL HEADLINER, former U.S. Navy SEAL, suicide-prevention advocate and subject of the multiple award-winning 2014 film, Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

Connor Maddocks–Trans-rights activist, director of the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s “Project Trans”

Vicki Estrada—Award-winning urban planner, trans-rights activist

Sam Moehlig—Transgender youth. The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published a landmark feature story about Sam’s life as a transgender boy, and his transition to realize his true gender identity.

Terrance K. Miller—Trans-rights activist, Black Lives Matter youth leader

Ariel Vegosen—Gender liberation activist, performer, and founder of education and advocacy organization Gender Illumination genderillumination.com

Following what is sure to be an explosive, exciting and engaging discussion and audience Q&A about some of the seminal civil rights issues of our time, all attendees will be invited mingle with the panelists and local media for a private party in Urban Mo’s new Upper Deck bar.

RSPV and learn more at lgtsinthenews.com or sdpressclub.org (RSVPs not required, but are appreciated.)

Visit engagement sponsors at urbanmos.com | drbronner.com | sagaftra.org | sagaftra.org | fabuloushillcrest.com | genderillumination.com

State Dept.'s Human Rights Report to Congress Mentions LGBTs Six Times

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State Dept. Press Release:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release                                                                                         February 27, 2014

FACT SHEET

2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

On February 27, 2014, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the United States Congress.  The reports, now in their 38th year, are available on State.gov and HumanRights.gov.  Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.  They are also a reference for other governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, legal professionals, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists.

Key Human Rights Developments around the World

The following were among the most noteworthy human rights developments in 2013:

Increased Crackdown on Civil Society and the Freedoms of Association and Assembly

Governments in every region of the world continued to stifle civil society and restrict citizens’ universal right to freedoms of assembly and association.  Authorities increasingly used legislation to silence political dissidence and used excessive force to crack down on civil society and protest.

Restrictions on Freedom of Speech and Press Freedom

Governments around the world also continued to restrict freedom of expression and press freedom as a means of tightly controlling or eliminating political criticism and opposition.  This included hampering the ability of journalists to report on issues deemed politically sensitive by placing onerous restrictions on members of the press, such as requiring government approval prior to meeting with international organizations or representatives, and limiting visas for foreign journalists.  Governments also used harassment and physical intimidation of journalists to create a climate of fear and self-censorship, both online and offline.  Authorities further censored the media by closing independent newspaper outlets and television stations.  Officials detained or arrested activists and journalists on false charges in order to limit criticism of the government and impede peaceful protest, and some have even been killed for simply voicing dissent. 

 

Accountability Deficits for Security Forces Abuses

In too many places, government security forces abused human rights with impunity and failed to protect their citizens.  Military and security forces in numerous countries engaged in unlawful arrests and extrajudicial killings, gender-based violence, rape, torture, and abductions throughout 2013. Weak or nonexistent justice institutions did not hold security forces accountable for human rights abuses and often failed to uphold the rights to due process and a fair trial.

Lack of Effective Labor Rights Protections

 

People continued to work in conditions that were hazardous to their health and safety, some – often migrant workers – against their will.  Workers’ attempts to organize and bargain collectively for improved labor rights protections were frequently impeded by governments’ inability or unwillingness to enforce labor protections, as well as government interference in their activities and violence and threats against labor leaders.  However, 2013 did see the entry-into-force of International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189, which set forth protections for fundamental rights at work, and several countries took steps to enact legislation to protect the rights of domestic workers.

The Continued Marginalization of Vulnerable Groups

2013 saw the continued marginalization of religious and ethnic minorities, women and children, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations.  Governments subjected these groups to repressive policies, societal intolerance, discriminatory laws, and disenfranchisement, and authorities failed to hold those who committed crimes against them accountable. Faith organizations and religious and ethnic minorities suffered growing intolerance and violence, as well as faced threats to and restrictions on their religious belief and practice.  Women and girls in all regions suffered endemic societal discrimination, and there was a surge in gender-based violence.  The rights of LGBT persons were increasingly threatened, as limitations on freedoms of association and assembly for the LGBT community and new laws criminalizing consensual same-sex relations unleashed increased violence and intimidation against LGBT persons.  Finally, persons with disabilities continued to experience a lack of access to quality inclusive education, inaccessible infrastructure, and weak non-discrimination protections.

For further information, please contact Aaron Jensen, Press Officer, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at DRL-Press@state.gov or (202) 647-0516.

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LGBTrights.me offers quick, powerful location-driven rights information.

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LGBTs In The News panelist and NLGJA vice president of print and online media, Sarah Blazucki has an amazing, simple and important tool for comprehensive, at-a-glance understanding of your location’s (state, etc.) rights (or lack thereof) for LGBT people. I’m spending my last night in the D.C. region in Herndon, VA…was kind of mortified to see almost all “X’s” and in “nada” for this location. It would have been a totally different result if I would have looked at my current location from D.C. while I was there! Indicative of the realities of a patchwork of freedom and oppression for LGBT people the U.S. is at the moment. Check outhttp://www.lgbtrights.me/