GLAAD president talks challenges facing LGBTQ+ community

Sarah Kate Ellis discusses same-sex marriage equality, representation in media and more.
4:17 | 06/21/21

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This weeks mark since the supreme court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Here to discuss this is the president of glad. Thank you so much for being here. Six-year anniversary coming up. So a lot of states had already legalized same-sex marriage. Going into that decision, so there was momentum going that way, what has happened to that mmentum the past six years. Well, think there was a little bit of a misunderstanding about marriage equality. It was so that we could get married to the person that we loved, it did not actually help us get all of the protections that we need in the United States. There have been 37 states that have been put forth anti-lgbtq bills. Is 13 of them have passed. There is over 200 of these bills across 37 states, 100 of them are specifically targeting the trans community and our trans-youth about participation in sports and access to health care. So, we have an equality act which has passed the house and is now sitting in the senate, basically what this is, this is a piece of civil rights legislation that helps protect us in 29 states because we're not fully protected in 29 states and that means very simple things, everyday things, like access to credit, jury duty, we could be kicked off of a jury simply because of lgbtq. The Biden administration extending some of those protections to some in this country. What are you in the fight? How would you describe where you are at this moment? I think we're seeing progress, yet this backlash, especially against the transcommunity, you know visibility is double edged sword. We're seeing more public figures, right? We have the first Dr. Levine, the first trans -- high up in the Biden administration. We're seeing more visibility in the community. They're being targeted. Especially just a few bad actors that were the one that's were anti-marriage equality and now they're targeting our poor transyouth that just want to live their lives. You said a double-edged sword, the idea of having more representation for those stories being told, more access, to learning, educated more, why does that work against that community? To have more representation and more in Hollywood representing in front of and behind the scenes? Why does that work against you? It primarily works for the community honestly because it is -- so, if you look at one of our surveys, it says that 16% of Americans know someone that is transgender. So the rest of American is finding out who transgender people are through the media and that's why it is so important that's fair and accurate and this we don't continue tropes and stereotypes. But what happens with risen visibility, we become the targets of this anti-lgbtq group. There's only a couple of them but they're louded and very well funded. The glaad president and CEO Sarah Kay Ellis, thank you for being on the program today. We appreciate it. Thank you so much for having me and happy pride. Thank you very much, right

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