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
Details: http://tinyurl.com/EIJ-Pre-ConferenceMixer

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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.

Click here to read more.

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.”