D&I Summit: LGBTQ Community Impacts

GLAAD founder Sarah Kate Ellis shared ways we can bounce back stronger

GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis opened her segment in the Adweek Diversity and Inclusion Summit with a big statement: “For the LGBTQ community, we’ve spent a large majority of our lives invisible, and we remain invisible within this Covid crisis and we’re not counted.”

Ellis went deeper into the repercussions of being marginalized in conversation with Cynthia Chen, GM and president, consumer health and wellness at RB, but not without offering ideas on how to change the course.

Before the summit wrapped, Ellis participated in a Q&A and closed the summit with a heartfelt tribute to Larry Kramer, “who took a lot of rage and made tremendous change for our community.”

“So in the great tradition of Larry Kramer,” she continued, “I think we can all step up, use that rage to make change, and use the access and the influence that we have.”

Find Ellis’s three industry actions below, and spend 10 minutes watching this dynamic discussion above.


@ChrisAriens chris.ariens@adweek.com Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.