The Journalists LGBTQ+ Toolkit is designed primarily to assist journalists who don’t normally cover the LGBTQ+ community.

The advice is drawn from outside media experts and our own members who are professional journalists for both mainstream media and the LGBTQ+ press. We also offer story ideas and new ways of thinking for reporters who are experienced in covering LGBTQ+ life.

“Dig Deeper at Pride Celebrations: Story Ideas Beyond the Flashy Parade” offers tips on how journalists can improve coverage of LGBTQ+ pride events.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The drag queens and brigades of lesbian motorcyclists make flashy pictures, and they are easy to find. But dig a little deeper: You’ll find plenty of informative stories by spending more time exploring your local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“Here are some topical ideas and issues to consider, ones that look beyond the entertainment facets of the annual Pride gatherings:

“Nonprofit support organizations usually have booths at Pride events. Find out the suicide rate among gay teens and why it is disproportionately high. Explore why domestic violence is as big a problem in the LGBT community as it is in the heterosexual community. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been with us more than 20 years, find out how it still affects your readers/viewers.”

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