Shaping Social Opinions: Media & LGBT Discourse

April 19, 2010
3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

American University Washington College of Law, Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 603, Washington, DC

Media has been an effective tool for the LGBT community in its ongoing fight to pass state same-sex marriage laws, repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and protect LGBT civil rights. Considering the influential role of media, this panel hopes to cover how using media, especially new media, as an instrument of change affects social opinion and will shape the next decade of advocacy.

2:30 pm Registration
3:00 pm Panel One: Shaping Social Opinion through Media
Moderator: Cathy McElrath Renna, Managing Partner, Renna Communications Dr. Dana Beyer - Senior Adviser to Montgomery County Councilmember, Duchy Trachtenberg, and Maryland state delegate candidate; Michael Clements – Executive Vice President, Washington Life Magazine; Lou Chibarro, Jr. - Senior News Reporter, DC Agenda; Glen Ackerman - Managing Member, Ackerman PLLC; Cindi Creager – Director of National News, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
4:30 pm Break
4:45 pm Panel Two: New Media’s Effects on LGBT Rights Discourse
Moderator: Professor Anthony E. Varona, American University Washington College of Law Michael Crawford - Director of New Media, Freedom to Marry; Chris Geidner - Senior Political Writer, Metro Weekly; Kevin Naff - Editor, DC Agenda; Michael Rogers - Director, National Blogger & Citizen Journalist Initiative and Publisher of BlogActive and PageOneQ
6:00 pm Reception

Presented by the Lambda Law Society, Communication & Media Society, LALSA, The Modern American, GLAAD DC Leadership Council, AU Queer’s & Allies, AU GLBTA Resource Center, and the American University School of Communications

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