Founded in 1985 to address homophobic media coverage on the AIDS epidemic, GLAAD has ever since been at the very forefront of the LGBT battle for equality. Now working closely with Google, GLAAD is helping to promote YouTube’s #ProudtoLove campaign pushing for LGBT acceptance and featuring some of YouTube’s biggest creators. NMR talked with GLAAD’s Senior of Manager of Communication, Seth Adam, about GLAAD’s partnership with Google and what yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage means for the LGBT community.
How is GLAAD celebrating the Supreme Court decision from yesterday?
Seth Adam: Well yesterday we were on the ground in both Los Angeles and New York City working the event, the celebration event. We were managing media, connecting media outlets with couples to share their stories and to celebrate the success.
So in context of LGBT rights, how big was the decision yesterday?
Yesterday’s decision was one of the most historic decisions our community has ever seen. Without a doubt it will go on to affect countless couples across this country, you know, forever. It’s been a tremendous success for our community; it’s been something that has been going on in the courts for years and finally we’ve culminated it in victory.
So beyond gay marriage, what do you think the next big fight is in terms of LGBT rights?
Well I don’t think there is a next big fight so to speak. There is always work to be done, you know. Yesterday we were obviously extremely encouraged and we celebrated the success that we enjoyed at the Supreme Court, but there will always be work to be done. For instance, in 37 states couples still can’t marry. We also have 29 states where you can still be fired because you’re gay, 34 states where you can be fired because you’re transgender. We’re trying to get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed, an inclusive non-discrimination act that protects trans people, as well. Hate violence, especially against trans women of color, continues to be a problem in this country, and we will always have work to do in the court of public opinion where we’re still working to encourage people to support and accept their gay and lesbian friends, family and neighbors.