Jehan Agrama Collection on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA)

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Jehan Agrama Collection on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA)

Collection number: Coll2008-049

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Michael C. Oliveira
Date Completed:
August 12, 2008
Encoded by:
Michael C. Oliveira
© 2008 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Jehan Agrama collection on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA)
Dates: 1989-2001.
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1991-1993).
Collection number: Coll2008-049
Creator: Agrama, Jehan
Collection Size: 2 records boxes + 1 archive carton + 1 archive half-carton + 1 oversized box. 4 linear feet.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: 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.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

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Preferred Citation

Box #, folder #, Jehan Agrama Collection on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA), Coll2008-049, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, August 2008.

Biography

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.

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.

Arrangement

The basic arrangement reflects the order in which the files were found, with the board of director files consolidated into one chronological series.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
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 and gays--United States
Mass media--Social aspects--United States
Mass media--Political aspects--United States
Minorities in mass media
Prejudices--United States
Toleration--Study and teaching

Separated Material

Guides:
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.
Programs:
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 Inventory

 

Series 1.  Chapter correspondence and press releases 1989-1994

Physical Description: 11 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The series consists of correspondence from local chapters and the national chapter, including correspondence on the creation of the national federation, GLAAD/USA. The series also includes press releases from the GLAAD/LA office.
Box 1 : 1-1 : 2

GLAAD/USA 1990-1993

Box 1 : 3

GLAAD/Los Angeles. Letters to the editor 1992

Box 1 : 4

GLAAD/Los Angeles. Spanish speaking media 1991-1992

Box 1 : 5

GLAAD/New York City 1989-1990

Box 1 : 6

GLAAD/Orange County, California 1991

Box 1 : 7

GLAAD/San Francisco Bay Area 1990-1992

Box 1 : 8

GLAAD/other chapters 1991-1992

Box 1 : 9-1 : 10

GLAAD/National 1989-1993

Box 1 : 11

Miscellaneous 1990-1994

 

Los Angeles City Task Force on Family Diversity , submitted by Diane Himes, David Link, Linda Poverny May 20, 1987

 

Rockefeller, Kirwin, Film and Dream Imagery in Personal Mythology: A Pilot Study Using the Mythic Method June 1992

 

Rockefeller, Kirwin, Psychoneuroimmunology and Biopsychological Cofactors of HIV-Spectrum Disease and Long-Term Survivors: A Review of the Literature September 1992

Box 1 : 12

Press releases 1990-1994

 

Series 2.  GLAAD/LA Board of Directors 1989-1995

Physical Description: 28 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The GLAAD/LA Board of Directors series contains meeting agendas and minutes, job descriptions, letters of understanding, self-appraisals, and retreat materials. The retreat folders included materials for the development of a cohesive and enduring organization.
Box 1 : 13

By-laws 1989-1990

Box 1 : 14

Board nominations 1990-1991

Box 1 : 15

Co-President 1990-1991

Box 1 : 16

Board general information 1990-1992

Box 1 : 17

Executive director search 1990-1992

Box 1 : 18

Board job-descriptions 1990-1992

Box 1 : 19

Board development 1990-1992

Box 1 : 20-1 : 21

Board retreats 1990-1993

Box 4 : 4

Contact information 1990-1995

Box 1 : 22

Board profiles 1991

Box 1 : 23

Board letters of understanding 1991-1992

Box 1 : 24

Board self-appraisals 1991-1992

Box 1 : 25-2 : 1

Board meeting minutes 1991-1992

Box 2 : 2

Board application 1991-1993

Box 2 : 3

Executive committee 1992

Box 2 : 4

Steering committee 1992-1994

Box 2 : 5

Organizational structure circa 1992

Box 2 : 6-2 : 9

Board meeting minutes 1993

Box 2 : 10-2 : 12

Board meeting minutes 1994

Box 4 : 5, 5 : 2

Clippings 1988-1994

 

Series 3.  GLAAD/LA Outreach 1989-1994

Physical Description: 10 folders.

Series Scope and Content

Agrama served as Co-Chair of the Media Outreach Committee, which provides sensitivity training and meets with media executives. The series contains sensitivity training information, agendas, notes, and minutes, along with related outreach information to the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA) Racial Harmony and Discourse Task Force.
Box 2 : 13

Los Angeles Office of Education 1989-1991

Box 2 : 14

Education sub-committee minutes 1991-1993

Box 2 : 15

Education sub-committee miscellaneous 1991-1993

Box 2 : 16-2 : 17

Outreach committee 1990-1993

Box 2 : 18

Media Outreach miscellaneous 1991-1993

Box 2 : 19

Media Outreach sensitivity training 1992-1993

Box 2 : 20

Sensitivity training: request for qualifications 1993

Box 2 : 21

Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA) background information 1992-1993

Box 2 : 22

Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA) committee materials 1992-1993

 

Series 4.  Lift the Ban on Gays and Lesbians in the Military 1993

Physical Description: 7 folders.

Series Scope and Content

In 1993, President Bill Clinton attempted to honor his promise to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the United States military. The series documents GLAAD's efforts in support of lifting the ban; the series consists of statements, press releases, and event planning documents.
Box 2 : 23

Celebrity resolutions 1993

Box 2 : 24

Video press conference, To Support and Defend 1993

Box 2 : 25

Military press 1993

Box 2 : 26

Lift the ban poster 1993

Box 2 : 27

Lesbians in the military 1993

Box 2 : 28

Military resolution 1993

Box 3 : 1

Military meetings 1993

 

Series 5.  Awards and Recognition Programs 1994-2000

Physical Description: 10 folders.

Series Scope and Content

Agrama participated in the creation and production of the GLAAD Media Awards. This series primarily contains programs from the 1994-2000 Media Awards. The series also contains a draft script of the 1997 Los Angeles Media Awards show, written by Agrama and Michael B. Keegan, and a copy of Daily Variety Gotham celebrating the 10th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards. Other programs include the 2nd Annual GLAAD Fairness Awards, and the program from Congregation Kol Ami celebration honoring Peter W. Kraus, MD, Jehan Agrama, and Judge Stephen M. Lachs.
 

GLAAD Awards Script and Programs 1994-2000

Box 3 : 2

Draft of script to Los Angeles awards show by Jehan Agrama and Michael B. Keegan 1997

Box 3 : 3

5th Annual Los Angeles Awards program 1994

Box 3 : 4

6th Annual Los Angeles Awards programs 1995

Box 3 : 5

7th Annual Los Angeles, New York Awards program 1996

Box 3 : 6

8th Annual USA and Los Angeles Awards programs 1997

Box 3 : 7

9th Annual USA and Los Angeles Awards programs 1998

Box 3 : 8

10th Annual Los Angeles Awards program 1999

Box 5 : 1

Daily Variety Gotham April 16, 1999

Box 3 : 9

11th Annual Los Angeles Awards program 2000

Box 3 : 10

2nd Annual Fairness Awards in Los Angeles program 1999

Box 3 : 11

Congregation Kol Ami Celebrates: Flying Toward a Brighter Future, Honoring Peter W. Kraus, MD, Jehan Agrama, and Judge Stephen M. Lachs program 1999

 

Series 6.  GLAAD Publications 1989-2001

Physical Description: 5 folders.

Series Scope and Content

The series consists of a sample of GLAAD publications including guides, reports, brochures, and flyers created to promote its goal of accurate and inclusive representations of people and events in the media.
Box 3 : 12

Homophobia Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation 1989 1991

Box 3 : 13

Lesbian and Gay Images: An Entertainment Media Resource 1995

Box 4 : 1

National Media Center Project executive summary 1996

Box 4 : 2

Annual report 2000

Box 4 : 3

Brochures, flyers, and newsletters 1990-2001