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LGBTQ Representation:
Advocating for Greater Visibility in Hollywood

4:30PM - 5:30PM | Sunday, January 26, 2020


About Sundance Film Festival Panel:

Join TheWrap and The Latinx House for a conversation about empowering LGBTQ voices in Hollywood as the industry takes more notice of the role it plays in providing a platform for LGBTQ people in front of and behind the camera.

In years past, LGBTQ characters and storylines were often relegated to outdated stereotypes, almost always in the sidelines. But as the conversations (and yes, biases) around sexual orientation and gender identity have changed, so too has LGBTQ visibility in Hollywood.

Over the last several years, there’s been an exciting wave of representative characters and empowering storylines. Can we call it a trend? Will it last? How should film and series content spotlight ongoing, rampant discrimination?

And, beyond content depictions, where can Hollywood improve its own hiring and employment practices regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Sharon Waxman

Founder and Editor in Chief, TheWrap

Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author and the founder of TheWrap. She is also the creator of TheGrill business conference on convergence, and the creator of the Power…

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Andra Reeve-Rabb

Dean, School of Entertainment Arts, SCAD

Andra Reeve-Rabb is the former director of prime-time casting for CBS-TV New York on Emmy-nominated and award-winning series such as “The Big Bang Theory,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men” and…

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Harvey Guillen

Actor, "What We Do In The Shadows"

Harvey Guillen is currently one of the leads in the new FX series dark comedy “What We Do In The Shadows” which Scott Rudin is producing. He has been a series regular on MTV’S “Eye…

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Jeremy Blacklow

Director of Entertainment Media, GLAAD

Jeremy Blacklow joined GLAAD in 2017 as Director of Entertainment Media, where he serves as a liaison between GLAAD and the film, television, music, and gaming sectors, working to ensure that the industry is equipped…

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Taryn Sims Arriola

Co-Head of Production, Film & Ventures | Curated By Media

Venture driven, at 25 Taryn Sims Arriola started live entertainment ticket brokerage FLY SEATS FM which she still owns. Now at Curated By Media, before CBM, Sims Arriola served as Head of Production at NYLA…

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Frankie Rodriguez

Actor, "High School Musical: The Musical" on Disney+

Stars as a series regular in GLAAD nominated Disney+ original series, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” He plays Carlos, an openly gay theater student and choreographer of the East High Drama Club. The…

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Patricia Vidal Delgado

Director, "La Leyenda Negra"

Patricia Vidal Delgado was born in Lisbon in 1987, studied Fine Art Media at Central St. Martins University of the Arts London and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. Delgado’s artistic practice…

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