Jehan Agrama collection on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA)
Scope and Content of Collection
The Jehan Agrama Collection on Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA) consists of six series. The series are related to her role as Co-President, member of the Board of Directors, and Co-Chair of the Media Outreach Committee. The collection includes documents related to the formation of GLAAD/USA, outreach to the Los Angeles Unified School District, and her representation of GLAAD on the Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA) Racial Harmony and Discourse Task Force. Also included are GLAAD Media Awards Show programs, 1994-2000, and a sample of GLAAD publications, 1989-2001.
- Majority of material found within 1991 - 1993
- Agrama, Jehan (Person)
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
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Jehan Agrama was born in Cairo, Egypt, and attended school in Rome, Italy. In 1976, she came to the United States to attend college. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Pomona College, Claremont, and an Honors M.B.A. from the Presidential Key Executive Program of Pepperdine University. Agrama went on to work in the entertainment industry, where she rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Harmony Gold, an international television production and distribution company with ancillary merchandising and music divisions.
Agrama was a founder of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA), serving as the first female co-president in 1989; she was re-elected in 1990 and 1991. Agrama also contributed to the creation and production of the Annual GLAAD Media Awards and served as the Co-Chair of the 10th Annual event in 1999. She represented GLAAD/LA on the Executive Committee of the Mayor's Los Angeles Coalition (formerly Coalition of 100), the Media Image Coalition of Minorities and Women, and the Racial Harmony and Discourse Task Force of Rebuild LA (RLA). Until 1994, she served on the GLAAD/LA board as Co-Chair of the Media Outreach Committee. She was elected to the first Emerita position on the board.
In 1992, the Gay & Lesbian Arab Society of Los Angeles honored Agrama with the Knights of the Middle East Award. In 1993, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center honored her with their Community Service Award, and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund honored her with their Liberty Award. In the same year she also served as a Community Grand Marshall of the Christopher Street West (CSW) Pride. She currently (2008) lives with her spouse of over 25 years, Dwora Fried.
4 Linear Feet (4 boxes.)
Language of Materials
Correspondence, agendas, notes, minutes, programs, reports, and materials collected by Jehan Agrama in her role as Co-President and as member of the Board of Directors of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA), 1989-1994. The collection includes documents related to the formation of GLAAD/USA, GLAAD Media Awards programs, 1994-2000; and documents outreach to the Los Angeles Unified School District and Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA) Racial Harmony and Discourse Task Force.
The basic arrangement reflects the order in which the files were found, with the board of director files consolidated into one chronological series.
Date and method of acquisition unknown.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Media Guide to the Lesbian and Gay Community. New York City: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, 1990.
Lesbian Visibility Resource Guide. Open Enterprises, Inc. 1990.
Magazines and Newsletters:
GLAAD Bulletin (New York City) - August/September 1989, October/November 1989, January/February 1990.
GLAAD Dispatch - Volume 3, issue number 8 (August 1996).
GLAAD Images - May/June 1996.
GLAAD Newsletter (New York City) - Fall 1989, Winter 1990, Summer 1990.
GLAAD Notes - Volume 2, number 4 (Winter 2000).
GLAAD Rag (Washington, D.C.) - July 1990, August 1990, September 1990.
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center (GLCSC) programs - 1991, 1992, 1993.
Lesbian And Gay Psychotherapy Association of Southern California, Inc. (LAGPA), Second Annual Community Service Award program, 2001.
Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, August 2008. Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- Agrama, Jehan
- Discrimination -- United States
- Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Hate crimes -- United States -- Prevention
- Hate speech -- United States
- Homophobia -- United States -- Prevention
- Homosexuality -- Law and legislation -- United States
- Mass media -- Political aspects -- United States
- Mass media -- Social aspects -- United States
- Mass media and gays -- United States
- Minorities in mass media
- Prejudices -- United States
- Toleration -- Study and teaching
- Jehan Agrama Collection on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA)
- Michael C. Oliveira
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