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Friday, September 8 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pink Wave: How a record 436 LGBTQ+ Candidates Got Elected in 2022 even as states like Texas and Florida targeted queer people, voters had other ideas.

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A record 436 LGBTQ+ candidates won office last year, including the first trans and nonbinary candidates to win seats in the Montana Legislature, the first Black LGBT candidate elected statewide in Connecticut and two lesbians elected governor in Oregon and Massachusetts. We’ll explore the barriers they faced, how they overcame them, how the media covered their candidacies and what it all says about the future of LGBTQ candidates running in the future.A discussion about how and why some of the coverage of trans communities has failed to meet journalism’s call to fair, accurate and nuanced coverage. We’ll focus on what questions to ask yourself and your newsroom while you’re thinking about how to do it right — not just in terms of correct language and nuance, but from a meta-level. What stories really matter? How can you catch bias in your own sourcing, and yourself? How do you explain data that’s limited or contested? And how can you catch oversights and spotty news judgment when you’re working on a deadline?

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Scott Shafer

Senior Editor, Politics and Government, KQED
Scott Shafer came to KQED in 1998 to host the statewide California Report. Prior to that he had extended stints in politics and government, including as press secretary for San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos (1988-91) and Chief of Staff to then-Controller Gray Davis (1992-94).He also worked... Read More →
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Miguel Martinez Valle

Reporter, WCAU-TV, NBC10/Traffic.com
Miguel Martinez-Valle is the bilingual reporter for Nbc10 and Telemundo62 based in Philly. Born in Guaymas, Mexico, Miguel comes from a supportive Mexican family. He is passionate about LGBTQ issues, immigration, and expanding positive minority representation on television. He is... Read More →
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Anne Wakabayashi

Vice President, BerlinRosen
Anne Wakabayashi specializes in ad-making and has over a decade of experience in electoral politics and building a pipeline of new democratic leaders.Anne has managed campaigns up and down the ballot from City Council, to State Supreme Court, all the way up to serving as Pennsylvania... Read More →
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Shevrin Jones

State Senator, Florida Senate
Florida State Senator Shevrin “Shev” Jones is an educator, public servant, and consensus builder who gets results on the issues facing Florida families.Growing up in Carol City, Jones’ parents instilled in him and his brothers the values of education, faith, and service to the... Read More →
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Rue Landau

Democratic Nominee, Philadelphia City Council AL, Democratic Nominee, Philadelphia City Council AL
Rue Landau is a civil rights and housing attorney, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a public school parent. Following success in the Democratic primary where she received the most votes of any non-incumbent, Rue is poised to become Philadelphia's first-ever openly LGBTQ... Read More →

Friday September 8, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Congress A (4th Floor)