It goes without saying that the media shapes public opinion – for good and for ill. This is why we work directly with journalists to improve coverage of the LGBTIQ community as a centerpiece of our strategy. Still, homophobia and transphobia persist. In some places, when it comes to our community, the media simply ignores basic rules of fairness and accuracy.
I am excited to tell you about two new groundbreaking publications that we hope will lead to progress in media coverage of LGBTIQ issues in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Over this past year, working with five amazing grassroots groups in Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, we documented a disturbing picture of homophobia and transphobia in the these countries and developed a detailed training guide to help shape more just and ethical journalism.
Our colleagues -- United and Strong, Groundation Grenada, Guyana Rainbow Foundation, J-FLAG, and United Belize Advocacy Movement -- monitored key media for a month to analyze content and omissions.
We are confident that the study and training guide will be instrumental in helping to make media coverage of LGBTIQ communities in the Caribbean more accurate and fair. Already, organizations across the world are using our media monitoring template to expose bias in their countries’ news reporting.
Please, visit our website for these joint publications and take a look! http://iglhrc.org/content/caribbean-media-training-manual
Jessica Stern Executive Director
P.S. On September 29 at 5pm, IGLHRC is among the organizers of a high-level panel at the United Nations featuring Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other luminaries. We hope you can join us! You'll need a special pass to get into the United Nations that day, so please RSVP here.
P.S.S. If you have not yet purchased your ticket to our 25th anniversary gala on September 28th, what are you waiting for? Do so today! This is a special Celebration of Courage on a New York Harbor cruise! Emcee Moises Kauffman, playwrite of Laramie Project fame, will be joined by performers and a special award for the monumental activism of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe. Tickets and information at: iglhrc.org/coc2015 or purchase your tickets today.
Published on September 15, 2015 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization