Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-02-22



UNITY convention welcomes NLGJA for first time
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times

This article shared 3631 times since Wed Aug 22, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

For the first time since its inception, UNITY Journalists welcomed the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA) to its quadrennial convention. The convention took place Aug. 1-4 in Las Vegas.

Just last year, the boards of directors of both organizations agreed to the partnership that allowed the NLGJA to participate in this year's convention.

The NLGJA was founded in 1990. According to the organization's website, "it is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues."

Founded in 1994, UNITY Journalists of Color (which is now named UNITY Journalists after a vote was taken by the board in April of this year to change the name) is, according to the organization's website, "an alliance of four journalism organizations representing more than 4,000 journalists, is the nation's most diverse journalism organization. It is a strategic alliance advocating fair and accurate news coverage about people of color and LGBT issues and aggressively challenges news organizations to increase diversity in whom they employ at all levels of their companies."

The UNITY alliance includes the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and the NLGJA.

For the first time since UNITY was formed, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) decided to sever its ties with UNITY, resulting in the organization not attending this year's convention. Earlier reports stated that the NABJ left UNITY due to the inclusion of the NLGJA; however, UNITY and NABJ leadership said this was incorrect.

NABJ President Greg Lee Jr. remarked that, "NABJ departed UNITY in the spring of 2011. We left for financial and governmental reasons." When contacted by Windy City Times, a representative from UNITY corroborated Lee's statement.

During the convention's NLGJA membership meeting, there was a discussion about whether to change the organization's name from NLGJA to a name that would include the bisexual and transgender communities under the LGBT umbrella. In a response to this suggestion, NLGJA President Michael Triplett said, "We've wrestled with having a more inclusive name, like so many LGBT groups. I think the meeting created a great jumping-off point and expect that the board will take a serious look at our brand and how to make it more inclusive."

"UNITY was a great success and reinforced why it was important for NLGJA to be involved," said Triplett. "We had great attendance and what I heard from members was that there were great sessions and they enjoyed being with our UNITY alliance partners."

The convention also featured a women's networking dinner for NLGJA members, a media showcase and career expo, among numerous other events.

President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney were both invited to address the convention; however, neither of them attended which was a break with past tradition according to the UNITY leadership.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., was sent to address the convention on behalf of the Obama for America presidential campaign. The event was moderated by Willie Lora, news and political director of CNN en Espanol. It should be noted that Romney was in Las Vegas to attend a campaign event on Friday Aug. 3 while the UNITY convention was taking place and he chose to stay away.

In Gutierrez's remarks he discussed the upcoming election, immigration reform, the new immigration law that will help a number of undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 legally stay in the United States, the differences between the president and Romney on various issues and the strides the Obama administration has made on behalf of the LGBT community.

Along with the other convention offerings there were also panels addressing a variety of media issues including the impact of social media on journalism and how to navigate writing, producing and presenting news stories in today's print, radio and television world.

A number of other panels addressed specific issues facing LGBT, Asian-American, Hispanic- American and Native American journalists. The panels that featured LGBT issues were "Speaking Up", "Digital and Diversity", "LGBT Coverage in 2012: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" and "Inclusive Coverage: Bringing LGBT Voices to Mainstream Outlets."

Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas was the featured speaker during "Speaking Up," remarking that people have to become their own institutions in journalism. Vargas also said that he looks at himself as a storyteller when he talks about his experiences as an undocumented gay journalist.

In the digital and diversity panel there was a discussion about how Sally Ride's lesbianism was reported in her obituary. What was noted was that in most cases her lesbian identity was overlooked by mainstream news outlets whereas other media outlets reported that she was survived by her female partner. Another member of the audience pointed out that if there are pages dedicated to covering the Hispanic-American, African-American and LGBT American communities there also needs to be pages dedicated to covering Asian-American and Native American stories on the Huffington Post. At the end of the panel there was a consensus that minority voices need to be heard in the media and that the old boy's network needs to change.

The panel dealing with LGBT coverage in the media focused on how various LGBT stories were handled by LGBT media outlets around the country including bullying and the Chick fil a controversy. In the final LGBT specific panel, the discussion shifted to inclusive coverage within mainstream media outlets. The discussion focused on how non-LGBT reporters and editors go about covering stories related to the LGBT community with nuance and sensitivity. Panelists and attendees also provided the other reporters in the room avenues to find sources and resources to cover LGBT stories and how to avoid red flags when covering LGBT stories in the mainstream media.

For more information on the NLGJA and UNITY visit and .

This article shared 3631 times since Wed Aug 22, 2012
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Raoul responds to Archdiocese of Chicago's comments about child sex-abuse report 2023-05-26
--From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today released the following statement expressing surprise and dismay at comments made by Cardinal Blase Cupich. In comments to the media, Cardinal Cupich claims to have been unaware of names ...

Gay News

GLAAD ceremony honors celebrities and welcomes TGNC state reps 2023-05-14
- On May 13, GLAAD announced recipients for the final 18 of this year's 33 categories of the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. Maren Morris accepted GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award, introduced by ...

Gay News

FDA changes 40-year blood donation guidelines to focus on behavior, not orientation or identity; GLAAD responds 2023-05-11
--From a press release - (New York, NY - Thursday, May 11, 2023) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to news that the FDA will allow more gay and bisexual men ...

Gay News

VIEWPOINT The Panama Papers: Rogue capitalism robs your wallet 2023-04-30
- On April 03, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists [ICIJ] started publishing almost 12 million files of leaked documents revealing the details of tax havens sheltering more than a ...

Gay News

NLGJA, Curve Foundation announce recipients of inaugural Curve Award for Excellence in Lesbian Coverage 2023-04-27
- WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 27, 2023) — Today, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists and The Curve Foundation announced the recipients of the inaugural Curve Award for Excellence in Lesbian Coverage. ...

Gay News

GLAAD, LGBTQ+ Victory Institute respond to censure threat to Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr 2023-04-27
--From a press release - Washington, DC — GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and LGBTQ+ Victory Institute, the only national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ+ leaders who further equality at all ...

Gay News

Uganda president refuses to sign current anti-LGBTQ+ bill 2023-04-22
- Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has refused to sign into law a controversial anti-LGBTQ+ bill that prescribes the death penalty in some cases, media reports indicated. Museveni's decision was announced late on April 20 after a ...

Gay News

Supreme Court, Biden, Navratilova enter battle over anti-trans laws 2023-04-10
- Transgender athletes saw two significant victories last week: one from the conservative U.S. Supreme Court and the other from the LGBTQ-friendly White House of President Joe Biden. The events triggered a flood of national media attention, ...

Gay News

GLAAD Media Awards held; Christina Aguilera, Bad Bunny, 'Bros' among honorees 2023-04-01
- On March 30 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, GLAAD announced recipients for 15 of this year's 33 categories for the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, per a press release. Christina Aguilera ...

Gay News

Kentucky legislators override governor's veto to push anti-trans youth bill 2023-03-30
- On March 29, Republican lawmakers in Kentucky overturned Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's veto of a bill to ban transgender youths from gender-affirming healthcare and restrict which toilets they use in public schools, media outlets reported. Both ...

Gay News

Chicago Blackhawks mark Pride Night, with one change 2023-03-29
- The Chicago Blackhawks organization again hosted its annual Pride Night celebration, in partnership with BMO, on March 26, as the team took on the Vancouver Canucks. (The Canucks prevailed 4-2.) As media outlets previously reported, the ...

Gay News

TransLash Media CEO Imara Jones reflects on JK Rowling and 'Hogwarts Legacy' 2023-03-11
- The action role-playing game Hogwarts Legacy has been making big news lately—and it's not just because so many people are playing it. Hogwarts Legacy, inspired by writer J.K. Rowling's wizarding ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Little Richard, Indigo Girls, Rodriguez's honor, dance film, Pedro Pascal 2023-03-10
Video below - Produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment for CNN Films and HBO Max, in association with Rolling Stone Films, director Lisa Cortes' Sundance opening-night documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything will debut in theaters and on VOD ...

Gay News

WORLD Japanese poll, Sydney Mardi Gras, mpox, rugby study, soccer player 2023-02-19
- Sixty-four percent of respondents to a Kyodo News poll believe same-sex marriage should be recognized in Japan, the media outlet noted. In the telephone survey, 88.4% also said recent remarks hostile to LGBTQ+ people by a ...

Gay News

New York Times publishes transphobic column one day after an open letter condemning anti-trans coverage, HRC responds 2023-02-16
--From a press release - WASHINGTON— This morning, the New York Times published yet another opinion piece attacking the transgender and non-binary community. The piece, "In Defense of J.K. Rowling" was written by Pamela Paul and was published merely one day ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.