|Media workshop attendees came from Memphis, Collierville, Jackson, Clarkesville, Nashville, |
Cookeville, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Woodbury, Knoxville, Maryville, and Johnson City.
Nearly 50 advocates from each Grand Division of the state attended GLAAD's (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Essentials Training on Aug. 20 in Nashville at St. Anne's Episcopal Church. Tennessee Equality Project thanks GLAAD's Daryl Hannah for coming to Tennessee to provide this workshop.
Anne Gullick, TEP Board member and Shelby County Committee Co-Chair had this to say about the training:
"I attended GLAAD Media Essentials training yesterday in Nashville sponsored by TEP and attended by equality advocates from Johnson City to Memphis and points in between. These advocates represented numerous GLBT interest groups, and they are movers and shakers in their home communities. It was a thrill just to hear about what is happening on the local level. We then were treated to the force of nature that is Daryl Hannah (his name is a conversation starter), and he was so informative, inspiring, thought provoking, and entertaining. He invited input from the activists, and the passion in the room was evident. He sent those activists out with a plan and tools to better spread a positive message. Daryl then spent some time with TEP leaders giving us a plan for action on what we have branded as the "Don't Say Gay" bill. A daunting task in front of us, but he gave us valuable tools and a new mind set.
This was world class training from one of the best. I am better prepared, and I am inspired. I am fortunate to have been included in this day, and I am looking forward to implementing all that I learned. Watch out, Shelby County and Tennessee. 'We are ready to be the change we want to see' - Mahatma Ghandi"
If you missed the training or you'd like to review the material again, we encourage you to download this PDF. GLAAD also offers a printable manual on Media Essentials on their website.