The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Interest Group was established in 2003 with the desire and ability to create dialogue and support scholarship about LGBTQ concerns that should be discussed in classrooms nationwide. The Group was originally called the GLBT Interest Group, but AEJMC approved a name change following a Group-wide discussion and vote during the 2014-15 academic year.
We are one of 10 interest groups of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Our mission is to help journalism and mass communications professors integrate LGBTQ issues and perspectives into JMC education and to support research into these issues and perspectives. Evidenced by its increasing and dedicated membership, breadth and depth of research papers, and diverse conference programming, the LGBTQ IG continues to grow its relevance to AEJMC membership, the discipline and industry.
Several core goals drive the AEJMC LGBTQ Interest Group in pursuing its mission:
- Help JMC educators understand the importance of integrating LGBTQ issues and perspectives in JMC education.
- Encourage production of important scholarship on LGBTQ issues.
- Provide a unique home for LGBTQ research to be evaluated and presented.
- Serve as a resource for both AEJMC and the broader community on LGBTQ issues.