2017 Outfest Volunteer Fest

By NLGJA Board Member Ande Richards

Outfest’s 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, July 6 through 16, had a little something for everyone, and volunteers weren’t the exception.

Sierra Schepmann, a Queer filmmaker who volunteers at the festival, said “Maybe Tomorrow” impressed her the most. It was a gorgeous film made in the Philippines.

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Movies, Popcorn and Latinx Ladies at Outfest

Date night? Let’s all go out and enjoy a movie together. Latinx Ladies
Five films about Latin@s who persist and insist — from the mother and daughter who reconnect during a surreal Miami adventure, to the silver-haired ladies making a quick getaway from their senior living home. Add a Chicana activist making history, a Puerto Rican performer keeping it real, and a pair of lesbian lovers subverting gender stereotypes en Español, and you have a kick ass collection dedicated to #malditas everywhere. The night will include a Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies & Feminism
A tribute to NLGJA supporter Jeanne Cordova, the Los Angeles based butch Chicana lesbian activist and founder of the West Coast LGBTQ movement.
WHEN: 7:15 p.m. July 12
DETAILS: http://secure.outfest.org/tixSYS/2017/xslguide/prognote.php?ProgCode=LATIN

RSVP here

King of Kings by C. Gregory Thompson

The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, presents King of Kings by Pushcart Prize nominee C. Gregory Thompson at The Federal Bar. The performance stars spoken word artist Sally Shore, with guest cast Alex DiDio (Body of Proof), Rob Elk (About A Boy) and LeVar Michael (Shang, The Guardian). Performances begin at 7:00 pm, doors open 6:00 pm. Admission is $10.00-$15.00 with advance purchase, $20.00 same day cash only at the door.

Venue: The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Details: web.ovationtix.com

A Successful LA Exclusive

Photos by Matthew Mullins

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Beautiful weather complemented the June 20 L.A. Exclusive. 

Board member Senta Scarborough graciously donated a yearlong membership and National Convention registration that were raffled to event attendees.

NLGJA presented the  Lisa Ben Award to Marc Malkin, who has a long history of upholding NLGJA’s mission in his work.

“I think being out has made me a better journalist,” said Malkin as he accepted the award. “How can you ask someone to tell you their truth if you’re not living your own?”

The NLGJA Lisa Ben Award for Achievement in Features Coverage is presented each year to a journalist whose body of work is distinguished by insight and impact through engaging features on LGBTQ individuals, the LGBTQ community or LGBTQ issues. The award is named for the pseudonym Edythe Eyde used for her pioneering publication, Vice Versa. Eyde was the inaugural recipient of the award, and past winners have included Advocate Magazine Editorial Director Diane Anderson-Minshall and OutSports.com Co-Founder Cyd Zeigler.

Malin was with E! News for over a decade. He was the Managing Editor for film at E! News as well as an on-air correspondent. He’s also been a reporter, a writer and an online columnist. Malkin launched his celebrity journalism career more than 20 years ago at Premiere magazine. His first big assignment was shadowing Bette Midler for the magazine’s iconic Women in Hollywood issue. He went on to write, report and edit for The New York Daily News, Us Weekly, New York Magazine, Details, Cosmopolitan and Entertainment Weekly. Malkin began his career at Bay Windows, New England’s leading LGBTQ newspaper before being recruited by Gannett at NLGJA’s first job fair to work as a reporter at The Norwich Bulletin in Southeastern Connecticut. In 2014, he was named by The Advocate as one of the 50 Most Influential LGBTQ people in media. He has co-chaired the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles and is a longtime supporter of The Los Angeles LGBT Center. Originally from New York, Malkin now lives in Los Angeles with his husband Fabian and their two dogs, Jeb and Paca.

“I am humbled and full of gratitude,” said Malkin. “In the end, if being out and covering LGBTQ issues has helped just one kid know they’re not alone then I know I’ve done something right.”

Journalism Job Fair 2017

On Jan. 17, Southern California journos hosted a job fair hosted by the California Chicano/a News Media Association/National Association of Hispanic Journalists-Los Angeles with about 250 attendees. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalism Association co-sponsored the event, along with other local journalism groups. NLGJA-LA board members Zamná Ávila, Senta Scarborough and Ande Richards attended, volunteered and contributed to making the event a huge success.

NLGJA Now Accepting Nominations for National Board and Chapter Leadership Positions

NLGJA is now accepting nominations for both national board of directors and chapter leadership positions. Nomination forms are available on NLGJA’s website, and the deadline to apply is July 28. Nominations must be submitted to NLGJA Elections Chair David Steinberg at elections@nlgja.org. Eligible members may nominate themselves and all candidates for national board positions must fill out their own nomination form. All nominees must be members in good standing for at least one year by the time of the election.

Nominations are being accepted for three at-large board of director positions and three executive committee positions (Vice President of Broadcast, Secretary and Treasurer) on the national board of directors. Executive committee members may serve two consecutive terms in each office, and at-large national board members may serve three consecutive terms. All national board of director terms are for two years. Those seeking an executive committee seat must also have served as an at-large board of directors member or chapter president for at least one year as of the election. Nomination forms for the national board of directions can be downloaded here.

No more than two board members may be elected from any one chapter. In the event of a contested election, online voting for NLGJA’s national board of directors will be made available to members in good standing until 5:00pmMonday, August 7, 2017. According to NLGJA bylaws, board elections are advisory but, to date, the board has never failed to follow the election results.

Election results will be ratified by the board of directors at the 2017 National Convention September 7-10 in Philadelphia. Nominees are encouraged to attend. Please note that all nation board members are required to:

  • Attend and participate in board meetings: Board Members must attend at least one of the two in person meetings (mid-year, convention) and at least one of the twice-annual board calls.

  • Maintain current membership in the organization.

  • Participate actively in committee/task force work.

  • Raise or give at least $1,500 for the organization each year.

  • Board members will need to be available to staff.

  • Be active in their local chapter.

Applicants for chapter leadership positions have the option to write-in the office for which they are running. Nominees for NLGJA local offices – both new candidates and those planning to run for re-election – shall be required to submit an application detailing, among other things, their journalism and media experience, current employment status and a statement explaining why they are seeking office. The NLGJA Elections Chair and national office staff shall use the information to confirm the nominee’s membership status and eligibility for office. Upon request, non-confidential information in the application shall be made available to the voting membership. Nomination forms for local chapter offices can be downloaded here.

Nomination forms are also available on NLGJA’s website. The deadline to apply is July 28. Nominations must be submitted to NLGJA Elections Chair David Steinberg at elections@nlgja.org.