A historic meeting between gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists and Televisa, Spanish-language media's largest television network, in Mexico City April 12 has set the stage for future collaboration, according to GLAAD People of Color Media Director Mónica Taher.
GLAAD, COMAC ( Comité Orgullo México/Mexican Pride Committee ) and Mexico City journalists met with Televisa executives in an effort to increase the number of fair, accurate and inclusive media representations of the LGBT community.
'About 80% of the programming that Spanish-speaking Latinos watch on Univision [ the leading Spanish-language television network in the U.S. ] is produced and comes from Televisa,' Taher said. 'Thanks to Televisa and Univision's relationship, we will be able to impact and influence the way Spanish-language media reports on and portrays the LGBT community in the United States and the entire Latin American region.'
The Televisa gathering follows in the footsteps of meetings GLAAD conducted with Univision Network President and Chief Operating Officer Ray Rodríguez and other executives in 2004, as well as a media training with Univision staffers.