LGBTQ REPRESENTATION IN MEDIA
As a youth serving organization, HMI recognizes the importance of youth seeing themselves represented on all media platforms. The presence of LGBTQ characters has steadily increased over the years, and we have witnessed incredible breakthroughs both in front of and behind the camera.
This conversation will touch on the successes we see in media, and the work that’s yet to be done. We will hear from individuals who come from an array of media backgrounds, representing both LGBTQ-specific and mainstream media brands to bring a fresh and diverse perspective to the conversation.
with featured Panelists
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HMI’s Speaker Series is a quarterly panel series that brings together celebrities, activists, thought leaders, and notable individuals to lead an innovative and thought-provoking conversation on topics pertaining to the LGBTQIA+ community. The mission is to engage partners, community members, and friends for a night of storytelling and conversation.
Hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks will be served.
Rae Angelo Tutera (they/them or she/her) is an advocate and partner at Bindle & Keep. After navigating the traditional custom menswear landscape as a non-binary customer, Rae felt there was a unique need for a queer/trans-identified tailor. In 2012, Rae asked Daniel Friedman for an apprenticeship and they forged a partnership to provide accessible and affirming tailoring services to clients of all genders. In 2016, this collaboration was featured in an HBO documentary called Suited that shares 6 of those clients’ experiences not just as clients but as gender non-conforming people in our culture.
Kris Harrington is a NYC based creative – specializing in Genderfluid Fashion Design + Technology.
A 2014 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Menswear Design with a Business Marketing degree from Loyola University – Kris gained industry experience at a number of notable brands such Van Heusen, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Henri Bendel, Armani Exchange and Ermenegildo Zenga before launching Gender Fluid Eveningwear line – KRIS HARRING.
A 2018 OUT Magazine Fashion Vanguard Award recipient and member of the Class of 2018 FIT Design Entrepreneurs Accelerator – Kris’ work has been featured in notable publications such as the NEW YORK TIMES and New York Magazine Weddings and has been a featured panelist on Design Entrepreneurship at the Re:Think Connect Marketing Symposium featured in Forbes Magazine. Through her work, Kris represents the power of individuality and freedom of self expression through style and is excited to continue the push being a voice in fashion innovation and inclusive design.
Henry Bae believes in fashion’s power to break rules, spark conversations, and challenge established systems of power! Since 2016, Bae has designed and sold femme footwear in large sizes under the name SYRO. His work reverts the conventions of his heteronormative Asian-American upbringing, and has enabled him to continue further exploring his queerness. He is a Virgo and takes things very seriously.
Anita Dolce Vita is the Publisher and Creative Director of dapperQ, a premier queer style digital magazine dedicated to “ungendering fashion.” Dubbed GQ for the “unconventionally masculine,” dapperQ was among the first digital spaces to champion “menswear” for those traditionally under-served by mainstream menswear media and designers. Anita is the executive producer behind some of the world’s largest queer fashion shows, including the annual New York Fashion week queer runway event at Brooklyn Museum. She recently became a contributing fashion editor at Curve, the nation’s best selling lesbian magazine. Anita’s fashion shows and writing have been featured in reputable media outlets such as Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Vice, HBO, Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Refinery29, to name a few.
Alex Berg is a correspondent and producer covering national news, women’s issues and LGBTQ culture. She is the host of the new SiriusXM Progress weekly series The Issues, unpacking topics on the 2020 campaign trail. Previously, she was a host of the Mic documentary series Mic Dispatch and a supervising producer at BuzzFeed News. Her writing has appeared in Teen Vogue, NBC News, OUT and more. In her free time, Alex is a skater for Gotham Girls Roller Derby. Follow her at @itsalexberg.
Cole Delbyck is a New York City-based entertainment reporter for HuffPost and moderator at Build Series. His work has appeared in The Nation and Time Out magazines. He began his career at the LGBTQ human rights organization OutRight Action International.
Clare Kenny serves as GLAAD’s Director of Youth Engagement. In her first three years at GLAAD, Kenny launched and continues to oversee GLAAD’s Campus Ambassador Program, Rising Stars Grant Program, and digital storytelling platform ‘Amp.’ Her work has appeared in HuffPost, POPSUGAR, Elite Daily, and more. Kenny graduated with an Honors B.A. in Gender Studies from Skidmore College in 2015. Connect with Clare on Instagram and Twitter @vonkenny.
Phil Jimenez is an Inkpot, Diamond, and Wizard-award-winning writer and artist who has worked for DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, and a host of other comic book companies for over 25 years. Best known for his work on Tempest, JLA/Titans, Planetary/Authority; The Invisibles, New-X-Men, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, Amazing Spider-Man, The Transformers, DC: Rebirth, Superwoman, and his creator owned project Otherworld, Jimenez is currently drawing Historia, the Black Label graphic novel written by Kelly Sue DeConnick for DC Comics. Jimenez has also worked as a creator in film, television, traditional print media, and design/packaging for toy companies; has created large-scale artworks for public spaces, schools, and museums in New York and Chicago; lectured at universities, museums, and the Library of Congress on identity and diversity in entertainment; and mentors young designers at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Considered one of the most prominent gay creators in mainstream comics (Entertainment Weekly, the Advocate, OUT magazine/Out 100 alum), Jimenez also teaches life drawing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Find Phil on FB, Instagram, and Twitter at @Philjimeneznyc.
Diana Tourjée is a GLAAD award-winning journalist specializing in identity and culture. She is a senior staff writer at Vice Media and is currently writing her first book for Bloomsbury Publishing. Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, Dazed Digital, DAZED Magazine, Out Magazine, VICE Magazine, V Magazine, Garage Magazine, Aperture Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, CR Men’s Book, and The Village Voice.