SAVE THE DATE: Celebrate the Holiday Season with NLGJA-LA

Join NLGJA-LA in sharing love and friendship at the landmark, LGBT-friendly, Latino, Casita del Campo in Silverlake.

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When:  Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Casita del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Details: (323) 662-4255; http://tinyurl.com/NLGJA-LA-Holiday-Mixer

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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
Details: http://qfilmslongbeach.com

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.

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

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.”

Media Bowling Night

Join the Online News Association-Los Angeles (ONA-LA), Asian American Journalists Association-Los Angeles (AAJA-LA), and National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association-Los Angeles (NLGJA-LA) for a fun night at Montrose Bowl, the oldest 50s-style bowling alley in Los Angeles County.

When:  6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 9

Where:  Montrose Bowl, 2334 Honolulu Ave., Montrose

Cost: $15

Details: (818) 249-3895; LA@journalists.org

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The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southern California regional group of the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) will be joining ONA LA, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and NLGJA (Association of LGBT Journalists) for Media Bowling Night on Sunday, April 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Montrose Bowl (2334 Honolulu Ave, Montrose). At the event, you’ll also have the chance to find out about Journalism 360 grants from the Online News Association, scholarships from AAJA-LA and fellowships from JAWS.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Journalism 360 grants

Applications are now open through April 10 for a new initiative from the Knight Foundation, Google News Lab and ONA, allocating $250,000 in funding explore new ideas in immersive storytelling. They are looking for projects that help advance the field of journalism using new technologies like VR, AR and 360 video. The application and FAQ for the Journalism 360 Challenge are available here.

The Journalism 360 project doesn’t end with the grant challenge. They will also be planning events, training programs and networking opportunities around immersive content and creating a larger curriculum to help educate and empower creators in the coming year. If you have questions about J360, please reach out to Program Director Laura Hertzfeld. She is based in Venice and is available to discuss the project, collaboration opportunities, and anything else! You can reach her at j360@journalists.org.

AAJA-LA scholarships

Students: Apply by April 16 for a $2,500 scholarship! In addition to $2,500 in tuition assistance, they will pay for scholarship recipients to attend this year’s AAJA convention in Philadelphia, July 26 to 29.

From its inception in 1981, AAJA-LA has been committed to supporting the next generation of journalists. Through the years, the chapter has made the scholarship program the centerpiece of its fundraising efforts. In addition to several general awards, the chapter gives two scholarships in memory of early members of its chapter: the Sam Chu Lin Memorial Scholarship, given to a promising broadcast student, and the Peter Imamura Memorial Scholarship, with preference given to a student who is from the Inland Empire or who demonstrates special financial need.

Questions? Contact aajalaawards@gmail.com.

JAWS fellowships

The Journalism and Women Symposium each year raises money to support their fellowship program, bringing women who are just starting their careers to the Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP) as well as those looking to transition into the next step of their career. They invite them to meet some of the organization’s trailblazers, feel inspired by learning new skills and also share their energy and enthusiasm with the group. Fellowship applications for this year’s conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas in October open April 15 and questions can be directed to jawsfellows@gmail.com.