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LZ Granderson says he's been repeatedly stopped, hassled by police for no good reason
He says Trayvon Martin's shooting shows similar injustice
He says it has echoes of how police handled Amadou Diallo case, Rodney King, Sean Bell
LZ: Cover ups, lax investigations show black people why they can't trust police - CNN.com


LZ Granderson says everything the gay community wants is in the Constitution. Civil rights for African-Americans didn't come through popular vote. Congress and the courts took the lead and popular opinion eventually moved.I n 29 states, it's still legal to fire someone because he or she is gay - CNN.com


In a humorous talk with an urgent message, LZ Granderson points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda." CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson is a celebrated voice on sports, race and gay rights. - TED:Ideas Worth Spreading


 Your column calling for Michael Jordan to ‘Do More’ is something we should have seen from journalists in the 90s, but by all accounts, Jordan had the media in his back pocket.  - The Big Lead.com


LZ Granderson happens to be one of my favorite writers.What makes his writing attractive is that he often uses sports and athletes as a construct for social change. Keeping sports in perspective, he has a unique ability to propagate his views on larger social issues such as poverty and discrimination in American culture. - MLive.com


"LZ embodies what is at the heart of OUT on the Hill - informed, intentional and purpose-driven leadership," says NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks. "As one of the most influential and powerful Black LGBT voices in media, his vision and guidance as National Chair will be invaluable." - National Black Justice Coalition


Tyra Banks and Suze Orman were among the honorees Sunday at the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
Banks, host of syndicated talker "The Tyra Banks Show" and the CW reality series "America’s Next Top Model," was presented the Excellence in Media Award, which goes to individuals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the gay and lesbian community.

Orman, the personal finance expert and host of "The Suze Orman Show" on CNBC, was presented with the Vito Russo Award, which goes to an openly gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.

Also, Phil Donahue, who was the honoree at the first GLAAD Media Awards in 1990, was on hand to accept the Special Recognition Award.

The winner in film (limited release) was a tie between "Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom" (Logo Features/New Open Door Prods.) and "Shelter" (Regent Releasing). "A Jihad for Love" (First Run Features) took home the prize for documentary.

At the event, GLAAD also unveiled its new statuette. The group worked with David Moritz at Society Awards to create the trophy, the first redesign of the statuette since the show’s inception.

Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 18 and in San Francisco on May 9.

And the winners are:

Excellence in Media Award:
Tyra Banks (presented by Clay Aiken)

Vito Russo Award:
Suze Orman (presented by T.R. Knight)

Film - Limited Release:
TIE: "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom" (Logo Features/New Open Door Productions) [Accepted by: Patrik-Ian Polk, Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood]
"Shelter" (Regent Releasing) [Accepted by: Jonah Markowitz, Brad Rowe and Trevor Wright]

Documentary:
"A Jihad For Love" (First Run Features) [Accepted by: Sandi DuBowski and Parvez Sharma]

New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway:
"Wig Out! "by Tarell Alvin McCraney

New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway:
"Arias with a Twist" by Joey Arias and Basil Twist

Daily Drama:
"As the World Turns" (CBS)

Music Artist:
k.d. lang, "Watershed"

Newspaper Article:
"Owning His Gay Identity - at 15 Years Old" by Theresa Vargas (The Washington Post)

Newspaper Columnist:
Leonard Pitts, Jr. (The Miami Herald)

Newspaper Overall Coverage:
The New York Times

Magazine Article:
"Let God Love Gene Robinson" by Andrew Corsello (GQ)

Magazine Overall Coverage:
Newsweek

Digital Journalism - Multimedia:
"Is Gay the New Black?" "by Jessica Bennett and Jennifer Molina (Newsweek.com)

Comic Book:
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" by Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)

TV Journalism Segment:
"Special Comment: Gay Marriage is a Question of Love" "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" (MSNBC) [Accepted by: Keith Olbermann]

Digital Journalism Article:
"Gay Athletes Are Making Their Mark" by LZ Granderson (ESPN.com) [Accepted by: LZ Granderson]

Spanish-Language Magazine Overall Coverage:
"People en Español " [Accepted by: Angel Linares, Judith Torrea and Ernesto Sanchez]

Special Recognition:
Phil Donahue (presented by Cherry Jones)

Special Recognition:
"The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later - The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard" (Sirius XM Radio) [Accepted by: Romaine Patterson and Derek Hartley] (presented by Stockard Channing) - Variety


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LZ Granderson has been named Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He writes a weekly column for CNN.com, appears weekly on CNN Newsroom, has a cnn video blog and podcast and appears frequently on "American Morning" with Ali Velshi, "CNN Newsroom" with Don Lemon, "Anderson Cooper 360", and on HLN. He's also appeared on ABC's "GMA" and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and has contributed to ESPN's "Sports Center," "Outside the Lines" and "First Take." He is a 2011 and 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism. Watch him on CNN Newsroom at 9:40 a.m. ET Tuesdays. Follow him on Twitter: @locs_n_laughs.

In a recent TEDx presentation, "The myth of the gay agenda" he combines a humorous talk with an urgent message. He points out the absurdity in the idea that there's a "gay lifestyle," much less a "gay agenda."

Since April 2011, Granderson has penned a weekly column for CNN Opinion focusing on how social and cultural issues affect the way life is lived in America today.

LZ continues to be the #1 commentator in the Opinion section for CNN.com. Granderson’s article on clothing choice for little girls was the top story on CNN.com overall, generating 2.8 million global page views and 346,000 global video starts. It received 440,000 Facebook ‘recommends’ on CNN.com and on the Facebook fan page, the story received nearly 5,000 likes and comments. Four of the top 25 stories that received hits, shares or recommendations on Facebook in 2011 were written by LZ. Following President Obama's public support of marriage equality, LZ was selected by the National Black Justice Coalition to serve as the September, 2012 "Out on the Hill" Black LGBT Leadership Summit's National Chair.

Prior to joining ESPN first as a magazine editor and later as a writer, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Mr. Granderson was a Columbia University Hechinger Institute Fellow, and broke the Sheryl Swoopes' coming out story, has interviewed many sports greats including Terrell Owens, Roger Federer, and David Beckham. He ignited an intense national community debate with his op ed piece, "Gay is not the new black" on CNN.com. HRC has identified him as one of the most distinct voices in the LGBT movement and , and featured him in a national online conversation about race, sexuality and gender. Challenging journalists, in an ESPN piece he demonstrated that Hawaii coach McMackin's slur reveals a larger problem within sports media itself.

Mr. Granderson knows deeply the demands of being out from the initial interview, to making his corporate mark at a media giant on the front edge of change, in a company dominated by a jock culture and hyper masculinity. In his commentary Mr. Granderson has tackled taboo subjects such as usage of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies about reverse racism. Blistering honest and insightful, Mr. Granderson spares no one. Not even himself.

Perhaps the most visible openly gay sports journalist in the nation, Besides breaking the Sheryl Swoopes coming out story in 2005, hed has been at the fore of the gays in sports discussion for much of his 17-year career, ruffling the feathers of liberals and conservatives alike with his matter-of-fact approach to that and other subjects

He won first place in the opinion writing category for the 2008 Excellence in Journalism awards given by the National Lesbian Gay Journalist Association for his article stemming out of his experiencing anti-gay slurs in New Orleans during NBA All-Star Weekend.

" Amazing! If I could bring one speaker to Virginia Tech again, it would be LZ Granderson! .

» » ALISON WOOD, VIRGINIA TECH

" LZ reveals the human side of what it means to be gay in sports. His honest and approachable commentary on what it’s like to be gay in sports is incredibly important. LZ has reached unlikely audiences through his work on television, radio, and online, and his voice in addressing homophobia is critically important to helping mainstream America understand that this is an issue impacting a wide array of people, and that they can be allies in achieving basic fairness for lesbian and gay people .

» » PATRICK GUERRERO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GILL ACTION