Umbrella Shows the Long Road to Trans Acceptance

By Ande Richards, NLGJA-LA Board Member

Transgender people have been a constant hot topic in mainstream media. The public witnessed every step of Caitlin Jenner’s high-profile transition. They have heard the attacks on trans in the military by Donald Trump and his constituency, and have listened to the pros and cons and lies inherent in the ongoing battles of the bathroom bills.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Get your queer on for a weekend full of acclaimed features and shorts that will make for a great date night: The Long Beach 2017 QFilm Festival. Enjoy some great films that will give you a chance to meet and mingle with filmmakers, actors, critics, industry professionals, and of course, NLGJA-LA sisters and brothers.

The Sept. 7 through 10 weekend also will include nightly parties and a Sunday drag brunch.
Come mix with NLGJA-LA. We will be present for the Latinx Shorts program. The stories overlap issues of cultural identity, personal experiences, friendship, and resiliency.

The afternoon will include the documentary Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies & Feminism, who was an NLGJA member and supporter.  With a wide variety of comedy, drama, and documentary shorts, the series is sure to contain something for everyone.

Time: 12 p.m. Sept. 9
Venue: The Center Long Beach and Art Theatre, 2017 and 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach

EIJ Pre-Conference Mixer

Join us for a happy hour mixer in Anaheim the evening before the 2017 Excellence in Journalism conference begins! Bring your friends and colleagues — McFadden’s is willing to extend the happy hour menu to attendees after the usual happy hour time slot if there’s a large enough group (40+), meet us in the patio.

Participating local groups include the Online News Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association Los Angeles, Asian American Journalists Association Los Angeles; the California Chican@ News Media Association/National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Journalism and Women Symposium of Southern California; National Association of Black Journalists Los Angeles; and the Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles.

Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6
Venue: McFadden’s Anaheim, 400 Disney Way, Anaheim

NLGJA-LA Talks Diversity

For a second year NLGJA-LA participated in a diversity panel on Aug. 4, at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

Professor Laura Castañeda moderated the panel.

NLGJA-LA  Co-President Zamná Ávila, along with fellow journalists Solvej Schou and Miki Turner spoke to future journos about their experiences. They shared forms of communication in reporting with sensitivity to cultures across the spectrum. Stock photo.

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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