National lesbian and gay journalist association chapter forms in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association (NLGJA) has formed a Nashville chapter and elected officers.

Brent Meredith, editor of Out & About Newspaper, has been elected president of the Nashville chapter. Beth Maples-Bays, East Tennessee bureau chief for Out & About Newspaper, was elected vice-president; Jerry Jones, publisher of Out & About Newspaper, was elected treasurer and Christopher Sanders, public relations chair for the Tennessee Equality Project, was chosen as secretary.

More than 20 people have joined the local chapter, which hopes to recruit more mainstream LGBT journalists including those from print, radio, and television. Meredith said the local chapter would hold at least four education events a year and would begin work on by-laws for the local chapter.

“NLGJA is an excellent professional organization that is making a substantial difference in how LGBT journalists interact with their straight peers as well as how the media reacts to and covers LGBT related issues,” said Meredith.

“We welcome the Nashville chapter and look forward to having a very active group of professional journalists,” said Pamela Strother, executive director of the NLGJA.

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, online media professionals, and students that works from within the journalism industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NLGJA opposes workplace bias against all minorities and provides professional development for its members. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NLGJA currently has more than 1,300 members and 25 chapters in the U.S., with affiliates in Canada and Germany.