GLAAD Media Institute wraps up LGBTQ advocacy training tour in Australia

The GLAAD Media Institute recently wrapped up their 2022 training tour of Australia! The Equality Project, a national charity dedicated to affirming and supporting LGBTQ Australians, worked with GLAAD’s Media Institute Vice President Ross Murray to lead a tour through the cities of Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne , Brisbane and Wangaratta. The offerings included a multi-day masterclass for Australians wanting to learn more about LGBTQ advocacy, as well as support for employee leaders seeking to make their organizations more LGBTQ-friendly and inclusive. This advocacy masterclass collaboration has been reintroduced after a three-year suspension due to the pandemic.

This training tour is the fifth and longest tour that GLAAD has completed alongside The Equality Project in Australia. The Advocacy Masterclass teaches participants how to become media advocates for the LGBTQ community. It starts with participants learning to share their own stories, while learning how to reach their target audience with stories and messages that resonate with and engage the media on issues affecting the LGBTQ community today. Suicide prevention, health care, older adults and transgender representation were key topics addressed by training participants, among several others. It is important to talk about these topics because inauthentic representation and lack of access to health care can lead to detrimental outcomes for the LGBTQ community.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and well-being have become even more important for queer and transgender people, who tend to experience more psychological distress. This year, as in previous years, the masterclass allowed participants to delve into truly relevant topics and come away with a better understanding of the subject.

Ross Murray also met the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), a school dedicated to educating and nurturing the creative talents of students in the screen arts and broadcast industries. Murray spoke with faculty to teach students about the impact of LGBTQ inclusivity in media representation, in the workplace, and in the classroom. Over the years, he has also introduced students to LGBTQ representation in media and the work of GLAAD, including giving a high-level introduction to GLAAD’s film and television entertainment reporting.

Ross Murray also supported the work as part of an equality project training called “Building a Rainbow Positive Organization”. This is a tailored program for individuals or staff wishing to gain a better understanding of LGBTQ health and inclusive practices. Attendees learn about minority stress, visibility, and cultural safety, as well as the latest research on the health and well-being of LGBTQ communities. One of the goals of this training is to help organizations learn how to become Rainbow Tick Accredited, an accreditation process proving that their organization officially welcomes and supports LGBTQ employees.

Since partnering with GLAAD Media Institute, The Equality Project has trained more than three thousand people, from dedicated activists to everyday people who want to create positive change in their world. Learn more and enroll in one of their upcoming courses in the USA!

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