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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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
Wayne Sampson lives in Los Angeles and is studying broadcasting for radio and television. He has a bachelors in public relations. He has interned at Inside Edition, CBS This Morning and The Advocate. He follows entertainment and pop culture, also known as not serious news. He is happy to be serving NLGJA Los Angeles.
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
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.
NLGJA-Los Angeles correspondent Wayne Sampson introduced the stars of “Something Like Summer” at the 2017 Outfest film festival in Los Angeles.
Click here to watch the official trailer and keep an eye out for the movie online.
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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