Evaluating Internet Sources: GLAAD

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Finding a blog or website specifically dedicated to the inclusion of the LGBTQIA community in entertainment media proved to be challenging. However, one website in particular stood out from the rest- GLAAD. In this post, I will be defending my claim that the LGBT media organization GLAAD is a reliable and trustworthy source of evidence.

What is GLAAD?
GLAAD is a US-non governmental media organization that promotes the inclusion of the LGBTQIA community in the United States. GLAAD-known as Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation- was founded in 1985 by a group of journalists led by Vito Russo, an American LGBT activist. The organization, at the time, was created as a response to articles and newspapers posted by The New York Times that were both “defamatory and sensationalized HIV and AIDS coverage.”

Purpose

Besides representing the interests of the LGBTQIA community, GLAAD fights to promote the inclusion of the LGBTIA community into a heterosexual American society. GLAAD is compromised of activists and journalists who fight ardently to tackle issues affecting this community. On the website, GLAAD states that its mission is to:

“…[R]ewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.”

GLAAD has different authors that write posts that correspond to related media content. GLAAD posts articles related to specific “areas of expertise.” These areas cover issues that differ from broad topics such as “News Media” to other specific topics like “Spanish Language and Latino Media.”

GLAAD Blog
As mentioned above, GLAAD is a media organization aiming to spread acceptance and tolerance in the United States and also tackle issues that affect the LGBTQIA community.

While browsing through the website, I noticed that the website itself lacks articles. At the top of the homepage, a tab redirects readers or supporters of the organization to the organization’s very own blog.  The articles posted are published by a variety of members of the GLAAD organization like interns, senior managers, and senior strategists. For example, the article that I read was published by Amy Carranza, an intern in the Entertainment Media department.

Something worth noting is that the blog does not include any additional information about the interns nor other authors that publish articles. However, it does provide links to other stories that said authors have published.

Although the original website and the blog both fail to provide information about the authors, it does provide working hyperlinks that allow the readers or supporters to follow the organization via social media.

Objectivity

Based on a few articles that I skimmed through, the website does have a few emotional rousing words. Although some of the articles that tackle controversial subjects(ie: a bathroom ban for transgender students)may appeal to the reader’s emotions,however, the authors do a great job of maintaining and providing factual evidence. For example, in the article “Massachusetts Signs Transgender Rights Bill Into Law” the author, Alex Schmider, praises the decision that Massachusetts made to expand laws that protect people who are transgender. While this may be a hard issue for some, Schmider presents his information in a logical way.

Besides presenting information regarding the new law, Schmider also provided additional links that provide the reader with more information regarding state protections and non-discriminatory laws.

Accuracy

Most of the information presented in the articles seems to be straightforward and to the point. The information is unbiased and proves to be accurate. As mentioned above, a few of the articles I read by Alma Carranza and Alex Schmider all acknowledge and provide links to other sites that the author used for their article.

Conclusion

GLAAD, an LGBTQIA media organization advocating for inclusiveness, is a well known and respected organization; some of its members include celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, Anderson Cooper, and Kerry Washington- who accepted a Vanguard award from GLAAD. GLAAD did not fail to include articles in their website that further supported inclusiveness, but all the while maintaining an unbiased point of view. GLAAD, while lacking an aesthetic layout or information about its authors, certainly does a very good job at providing factual and reliable evidence. Therefore, it can be concluded that GLAAD is indeed a reliable news source.

Works Cited:

  1. Carranza, Alma. “Ian McKellen documentary, MTV Docs, ‘Legend of Korra’ graphic novel and more!” Glaad.org. Published October 7, 2016. Accessed October 14, 2016
  2. No Author. “GLAAD History and Highlights, 1985-Present.” Glaad.org. No Publication Date. Accessed October 14, 2016
  3. Schmider, Alex. “Massachusetts signs transgender rights bill into law.” Glaad.org. Published July 8, 2016. Accessed October 14, 2016
  4. No Author. “GLAAD Celebrity Supporters and Events.” looktothestars.org. No Publication Date. Accessed October 14, 2016

 

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