About the (queer)alize project
The LGBTQ+ community is faced with tremendous challenges — ongoing discrimination, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and increased threats of erasure in schools and libraries. Despite these challenges, more people self-identify as LGBTQ+ than ever before.
Local news can play a major role in sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ communities. It is also important that LGBTQ+ journalists have the opportunities and resources to tell our own stories. Even within LGBTQ+ news media, those stories should represent the diversity and intersections that exist: age, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual and gender identity.
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This online toolkit promotes story ideas and investigations for LGBTQ+ reporters and news outlets. It provides questions that reporters might consider when approaching a story — identifying key topics to (queer)alize, or make relevant for LGBTQ+ audiences.
New ways to think about diversity in reporting
The goal — to increase more diverse sourcing and visibility of LGBTQ+ people in local news stories and increase tools for LGBTQ+ reporters to create impactful solutions journalism.
- LGBTQ+ style guides
- Photo resources
- Solutions journalism
- LGBTQ+ topics
- How to connect with your local LGBTQ+ community and find more sources
- Increase representation of LGBTQ+ communities in your stories and events
Participating in events like Pride actually makes LGBTQ+ people and their allies safer, even though the events themselves can potentially be targets of protest, harassment, intimidation or attack.
Pride is a great time to build up long-term relationships with sources in the queer community. One of the best ways to do that is to earn trust by prominently including lots of LGBTQ+ voices in your reporting and letting them tell their own stories.
(queer)alize is part of OUTlook: Finding Solutions for LGBTQ Labor and Workplace Equality. It is a project of artstreet, in partnership with QnotesCarolinas.com. The project is supported by the Solutions Journalism Network.