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- Last updated: May 24, 2023
New York, NY – GLAAD, the world's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today released two media guides in its Southern Stories series – one for journalists reporting on LGBT people in Alabama and another for reporting in Mississippi. These guides come following GLAAD's second annual Accelerating Acceptance report continued to show increased discomfort towards the LGBT Americans living in the U.S. South, compared to respondents nationally.
"Acceptance of the LGBT community in Alabama and Mississippi is making steady progress, but our survey shows that there is still disproportionate levels of discomfort in both these states," said Ross Murray, Director of Programs, Global & U.S. South, at GLAAD. "With heightened levels of discomfort in the region, media has a pivotal role to fairly and accurately tell LGBT stories. These guides serve as useful tools for the media to do just that."
For the second year in a row, The Harris Poll conducted a survey on GLAAD's behalf to gauge the comfort levels of Americans towards their LGBT coworkers and neighbors. The survey findings show that Americans living in the U.S. South consistently have lower comfort levels than other regions of the nation in situations like seeing a same-sex couple hold hands, having LGBT people at their religious place of worship, or seeing an LGBT coworker's wedding photo.
Despite important milestones like marriage equality, there is still much progress to be made for full LGBT acceptance and equality in both states. Many counties in Alabama and Mississippi do not have laws protecting members of the LGBT community from employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination. Furthermore, transgender people are not guaranteed necessary medical care.
The new guides are part of GLAAD's Southern Stories initiative, which aims to positively showcase the lives of, and build acceptance for, the LGBT community in southern states. This is done through sharing the stories of people from a wide array of backgrounds, including faith-based organizations, sports teams, military personnel, and more. The guides were developed in collaboration with the ACLU of Mississippi, AIDS Alabama South, Birmingham AIDS Outreach, Equality Alabama, and The PRISM Center. GLAAD will continue to work with the media to ensure positive portrayal of the LGBT community in both Alabama and Mississippi.
About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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