Queer & Here to Stay
Thursday, May 9th – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, 21c Main Gallery Stage
3.4% of our American population identify as LGBTQ. However, a recent study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in media revealed that over the past decade of the top 100 largest grossing family films in the U.S, less than 1% of all lead characters were LGBTQ.
This panel will look at the presence of LGBTQ+ characters and stories on screen, as well as what the future now looks like for gay, lesbian, and trans filmmakers and their projects at our multiplexes, arthouses, and on our TV screens.
- Frankie Grande – Host, Performer, Producer, Reality TV personality and Social Media Mogul
- Craig Robinson – NBC Universal
- Jeremy Blacklow – GLADD, Director of Entertainment Media
- Carly Usdin – Actor, Misdirection
- Tamara M. Williams – Actor, The Garden Left Behind