Native radio program wins Gay journalism award

Native radio program wins Gay journalism award

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) recently awarded “Native Gay Pride,” a Native America Calling radio program, Third Place for the 2006 Seigenthaler Excellence in Radio Award.

The NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students who work within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Their Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBT community. The Seigenthaler Excellence in Radio Award recognizes outstanding coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in radio.

Although NLGJA’s nor NAC’s websites have announced the award yet, NAC’s Station & Audience Relation’s Manager, Camille Lacapa confirmed the receipt of the award late last week.

Native America Calling (NAC) is a live call-in radio program linking public radio and Internet and listeners together into national conversations about issues specific to Native communities. NAC is heard on 52 stations in the United States and in Canada by approximately 500,000 listeners each week.

The “Native Gay Pride” radio program discussed traditional roles, history, and the effects of Western assimilation on contemporary Native American lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. A panel of guests included Sherrick Roanhorse (Diné) member of the Dine Coalition for Cultural Preservation, Sharon Day (Ojibway), Executive Director/ Indigenous Peoples Task Force, and John “Hawk” Co-Cke (Osage/Peoria/Cherokee) HIV-AIDS Coordinator/ Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa. Callers included past Co-Chairs of Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits, Miko Thomas (Chickasaw) and Sabrina Wolf (Apache).

To listen to the program visit the NativeOUT Multimedia Audio page. To learn more information on Native America Calling visit www.nativeamericacalling.com. More information about NLGJA may be found at www.nlgja.org.