Jennifer Finney Boylan (Photo courtesy of GLAAD)
NEW YORK â€“ GLAAD on Nov. 8 announced Jennifer Finney Boylan and Steve Warren had been appointed co-chairs of its board of directors.
Boylan, an English professor at Maineâ€™s Colby College who has written 13 books, is the first transgender woman to serve in such a position with the media watchdog.
â€śThe transgender community continues to face alarming rates of violence and inequality while transgender people and issues remain relatively invisible in our national dialogue,â€ť GLAAD Acting President Dave Montez said. â€śJennyâ€™s proven leadership will be instrumental as GLAAD continues to grow mainstream media attention and public understanding around transgender issues.â€ť
NEW YORK â€” A crowdsourced anti-bullying featurette last month on the Disney Channel introduces the world to a 14-year old aspiring filmmaker named Ben who happens to have two moms.
The short film is part of a social outreach campaign called â€śMake Your Mark,â€ť which â€śencourages kids to make a difference in the world,â€ťÂ according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Ben uses the film â€śStopâ€ť to introduce the Disney Channel audience to his two moms, before discussing his experiences with being bullied at school. According to GLAAD, Disney Channel has never featured an openly gay character in any of its offerings before.