Ellis joined GLAAD in January 2014, and during her short tenure, she has successfully refocused GLAAD’s advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBT community through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns and programs.
“Throughout the years, GLAAD has led the fight for acceptance for the LGBT community, and under the helm of Sarah Kate, the group has seen extraordinary cultural change in America,” said Kathy Barbour, APR, 2015 PRSA National Chair. “Sarah Kate has succeeded as a leader and a communicator in telling America the story of the LGBT community, and because of her work, we are one step closer to a world where ‘everyone can live the life they love.’”
Ellis has leveraged GLAAD’s position as the nation’s leading media advocacy organization to generate news coverage of important LGBT issues. GLAAD put a spotlight on LGBT Russians during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, fought to expand Facebook’s gender options to include transgender and gender non-conforming users, and demanded FIFA address anti-LGBT slurs at the games during the 2014 World Cup. Ellis’ team also successfully challenged the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s ban on LGBT participation and, with Scouts for Equality, fought to end the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay youth and adult leaders. She has positioned GLAAD as a leading advisor to media executives when it comes to dealing with the world’s biggest LGBT-related stories, including Caitlyn Jenner’s historic coming out.
Ellis’ commentary and statements have appeared in influential publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and hundreds of other outlets. Ellis has appeared on networks such as ABC News, Bloomberg and CNN. She was named one of Family Circles’ 20 most influential moms in 2015. Prior to joining GLAAD, Ellis co-authored a memoir with her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, titled “Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made," led national media brands including Real Simple magazine.
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