Equality Matters

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Equality Matters
Formation December 23, 2010
Key people Richard Socarides, Kerry Eleveld
Website EqualityMatters.org

Equality Matters is a media and communications initiative in support of LGBT rights in the United States. According to its website, Equality Matters is a partner organization with Media Matters for America,[1] a progressive[2] media watchdog group. Richard Socarides, longtime LGBT rights activist and former senior advisor to President Bill Clinton on gay civil rights issues, served as president of Equality Matters from its founding, and Kerry Eleveld, journalist for The Advocate, served as editor beginning in 2011.[3] Both announced their departure from the organization in November 2011.[4]


The organization, an offshoot of Media Matters for America, was founded as a "communications war room for gay equality," and was launched on December 23, 2010.[3] While Media Matters focuses broadly to "notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation," Equality Matters looks solely at LGBT issues in the media.[5][6]

Since the departure of Richard Socarides and Kerry Eleveld in November 2011, Equality Matters has remained active as a mirror site for Media Matters' LGBT content, with a separate Equality Matters blog and podcast (since March 29, 2011) authored by Bradley Herring and Carlos Maza.[7][8]


Equality Matters is an internet-based organization. Their official website features comprehensive coverage of LGBT issues in the media, updated on a weekly basis. The website features a blog, a fact checking section, videos, and "Top Picks of the Week," which the organization states is "Our picks for the most interesting, outrageous, or thought provoking stories of the week." [9]

Staff and contributors[edit]

  • Bradley Herring
  • Carlos Maza
  • Luke Brinker
  • Brian Powell
  • Justin Berrier
  • Remington Shepard
  • Salvatore Colleluori
  • Kate Conway
  • Julia Krieger
  • Matt Gertz
  • Todd Gregory
  • Ben Dimiero
  • Matt Finkelstein
  • Jamison Foser
  • Julie Millican
  • Melody Johnson
  • Terry Krepel
  • Trevor Thomas (2011)
  • Kelly Eleveld (2011)
  • Richard Socarides (2010-2011)

Association with Media Matters for America[edit]

According to David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, "Equality Matters will build on the work done by [Media Matters and Media Matters Action Network]. Through strategic communication, research, training and media monitoring, Equality Matters will strengthen efforts for full LGBT rights and correct anti-gay misinformation. Its goal is to enhance advocacy and activism across all platforms and to leverage expertise in support of others who are working to make full equality a national imperative."[10]


According to Media Matters founder David Brock, Equality Matters should "expose right-wing bigotry and homophobia wherever we find it" and "stiffen the spines of progressives." [3] David Mixner, gay author and activist, has said of the group that "while a range of groups are working to advance gay rights, the movement has lacked a national rapid-response war room of the sort that can push back against homophobic messages in the media and the political arena and keep the pressure on elected officials." [3]

Public reception[edit]

In the months following its December 2010 launch, Equality Matters faced some criticism about the way the organization was being run. Peter Rosenstein of the Washington Blade stated that he believed "Over the past couple of months it appears that Equality Matters may have been launched too soon and before its organizers had a real strategy and mission for what they would do." [11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Equality Matters". Equality Matters. 
  2. ^ Hogue, Ilyse (May 23, 2012). "Getting rid of census survey is wasteful". CNN.
  3. ^ a b c d Gay, Sheryl (2010-12-19). "Gay Marriage Group Plans New Push". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  4. ^ Phil Reese (November 22, 2011). "Socarides, Eleveld leaving Equality Matters". Washington Blade. 
  5. ^ "About Us | Media Matters for America". Mediamatters.org. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  6. ^ "About Us - Equality Matters". Media Matters Action Network. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ Geidner, Chris (November 22, 2011). "Socarides, Eleveld Leaving Equality Matters; Signorile Joins HuffPo". MetroWeekly. Jansi, LLC. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "EqualityMatters-Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Picks Of The Week, October 10-14, 2011". Equality Matters. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  10. ^ –. "Brock announces launch of Equality Matters in support of gay equality". Equality Matters. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  11. ^ Rosenstein, Peter (2011-03-04). "Equality Matters looking for a purpose | Washington Blade - America's Leading Gay News Source". Washington Blade. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 

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