50 Years of Queer: 'Big Queer Convo' Focused on LGBT Representation in News Media, May 8 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

50 Years of Queer: 'Big Queer Convo' Focused on LGBT Representation in News Media, May 8

April 26, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

On Wednesday, May 8, at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, a panel of experienced journalists will engage in lively conversation on the coverage and representation of LGBT people in the news media over the last 50 years and the impact that coverage has had on the LGBT community. Entitled Breaking News, Breaking Barriers, the panel is co-sponsored by the Center and the Los Angeles chapter of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. The panel is part of a year-long celebration of the Center’s 50th Anniversary—one in a series of Big Queer Convo devoted to documenting the impact of LGBT people on the entertainment and news media over the last half-century.

The panelists include (in alphabetical order): Los Angeles Times environmental reporter Bettina Boxall who, in 2009, shared the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a five-part series which explored the dynamics of escalating wildfires in the West; Los Angeles Times sports and culture columnist LZ Granderson, currently the co-host of ESPNLA 710 Radio’s Mornings with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis and previously a co-host of ESPN TV’s SportsNation; Los Angeles Blade editor and reporter Karen Ocamb, with more than 45 years of journalism experience beginning with CBS News in New York; and Univision’s Luís Sandoval, reporter for the network’s morning show ¡Despierta América!, who came out on the air in 2018 to honor the memory of a 9-year-old boy who committed suicide after homophobic bullying.

“There really has been a revolution in the coverage of the LGBT community by the print and broadcast media since the late 1960s,” said Alan Acosta, the Center’s director of strategic initiatives and a former editor at the Los Angeles Times. “Each of these panelists has played a role in fighting homophobia and transphobia both inside their newsrooms and in the society at-large. We are excited both by the depth of knowledge and personal courage they bring to this conversation.”

A reception will be held at The Village courtyard following the panel discussion.

50 Years of Queer is a campaign that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Center’s founding in 1969. A host of events throughout 2019 will commemorate and celebrate the anniversary, culminating in a gala concert and celebration at the Greek Theatre in September. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org/50.

WHAT:
Breaking News, Breaking Barriers

A conversation with seasoned LGBT journalists about the coverage and representation of LGBT people in the news media since the late 1960s. Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Los Angeles chapter of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, this is the second installment of the Center’s Big Queer Convo special series in celebration of 50 Years of Queer. The series explores the history and impact of LGBT people on the arts and media over the last half-century in celebration of the Center’s 50th anniversary.

A reception will be held at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza courtyard following the panel discussion.

WHO:
Bettina Boxall
, Reporter, Los Angeles Times
LZ Granderson, Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Karen Ocamb, Editor & Reporter, Los Angeles Blade
Luís Sandoval, Reporter, ¡Despierta América!, Univision

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 8
Doors Open: 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 7:30–9 p.m.
Reception: 9–10 p.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

NOTE: With limited parking at the newly opened Anita May Rosenstein Campus, please allow extra time to find street parking or consider using a ride share service or public transportation.

TICKETS:
FREE admission.
To RSVP, visit lalgbtcenter.org/bqc.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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