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Corporate Support for GLAAD Media Awards Funding LGBT Political Agenda in 2016

This weekend over forty major corporations and organizations will help present the 27th GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards. The annual event is held with the purpose of recognizing efforts to promote LGBT issues in media and entertainment. According to the event website, all proceeds from the GLAAD Media Awards are used to support the organization’s “culture-changing” work.

2nd Vote’s research team has taken a deep look into GLAAD’s history and found that much of the organization’s work focuses on training media outlets on the terminology and strategies used to cover their issue advocacy, especially on the issues of marriage and religious liberty.

In recent years and months, GLAAD has:

Openly advocated for the Supreme Court overturn of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and state laws protecting traditional marriage.
Organized online activists to prevent the implementation of legislation protecting the 1st Amendment rights of pastors and churches in Georgia
Collaborated with Equality NC, the Human Rights Campaign, and the NAACP to organize protests against North Carolina’s HB-2 and helping spread misinformation on the law, including labeling the legislation a “Hate Bill”.

While the corporate sponsors of the Media Awards help fund GLAAD’s grassroots efforts to push an agenda that erodes religious liberties and traditional values, they also support GLAAD’s development of strategies to shape the terms of debate in the media.

GLAAD has devoted an entire resource page dedicated to delivering talking points for the 2016 election as a resource for allies in the press. Beyond efforts to frame their liberal position on marriage and so-called ‘Bathroom Bills’, GLAAD is giving reporters suggestions on practices to undermine voter ID laws.

The following entities are listed as partners on the GLAAD Media Awards homepage and help support this liberal organization’s ability to advance its agenda on a national scale:

Presenting Partners
Delta
Hilton
Ketel One
Wells Fargo

Official Partner
Bud Light (Anheuser-Busch)

Titanium Partners
Comcast/NBCUniversial
Telemundo
Southwest Airlines

Platinum Partners
Allstate
AT&T
CBS
Disney/ABC
ESPN
Facebook
HBO
Hyundai
MetLife
NBA
WNBA
Netflix
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Sheppard Mullin
Showtime
TimeWarner
Viacom

Gold Partners
Deloitte
Edelman
Nielsen
Omnicom Group
Universal McCann
Univision
Westfield

Silver Partners
Carat
Citi
Coca-Cola
Major League Baseball
National Football League
Skadden
Starz
TLC
US Bank
WWE

Many of these corporations are scored by 2nd Vote. Come to our blog for links to the scorepages for these companies and many more.