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    Equity in Media and Entertainment Initiative (EMEI)

    In 2022, GLAAD launched the Equity in Media and Entertainment Initiative (EMEI), supported by Gilead Sciences. The program was created, and is led by, DaShawn Usher, the Senior Director of GLAAD’s Communities of Color and Media Department, along with Associate Director Julian J. Walker and Associate Kayla Thompson. The initiative is designed as a pipeline program to help address, and begin to resolve, the existing gap in equitable representation in entertainment, particularly when it comes to Black LGBTQ storytellers and PLWH.

    This three year long experience will support a different group of Black LGBTQ creatives across various disciplines, with the first year cohort made up of short form filmmakers, second year focused on music artists, songwriters, and producers, and choreographers rounding out the program as the third year cohort.

    Meet the First Year EMEI Cohort

    Accelerate Acceptance

    Your gift allows us to accelerate equality and acceptance while elevating and amplifying the voices of Black LGBTQ+ communities and queer communities of color everywhere.

    Meet the Second Year EMEI Cohort

    EMEI Events Photo Gallery

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