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

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira, © 2008

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Agrama, Jehan
Title
Jehan Agrama collection on the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA)
Collection no.
Coll2008.049
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1991-1993
Date [inclusive]
1989-2001
Extent
4.0 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
2 records boxes + 1 archive carton + 1 archive half-carton + 1 oversized box.
Language
English
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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Arrangement

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

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, August 2008.

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Related Materials

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.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Agrama, Jehan

Subject(s)

  • Discrimination--United States
  • 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--Political aspects--United States
  • Mass media--Social aspects--United States
  • Minorities in mass media
  • Prejudices--United States
  • Toleration--Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Chapter correspondence and press releases 1989-1994   11.0 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 Folder

 GLAAD/USA 1990-1993 

1 1-2

 GLAAD/Los Angeles. Letters to the editor 1992 

1 3

 GLAAD/Los Angeles. Spanish speaking media 1991-1992 

1 4

 GLAAD/New York City 1989-1990 

1 5

 GLAAD/Orange County, California 1991 

1 6

 GLAAD/San Francisco Bay Area 1990-1992 

1 7

 GLAAD/other chapters 1991-1992 

1 8

 GLAAD/National 1989-1993 

1 9-10

 Miscellaneous 1990-1994 

Box Folder

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

1 11

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

1 11

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

1 11
Box Folder

 Press releases 1990-1994 

1 12

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Series 2:  Series 2. GLAAD/LA Board of Directors 1989-1995   28.0 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 Folder

 By-laws 1989-1990 

1 13

 Board nominations 1990-1991 

1 14

 Co-President 1990-1991 

1 15

 Board general information 1990-1992 

1 16

 Executive director search 1990-1992 

1 17

 Board job-descriptions 1990-1992 

1 18

 Board development 1990-1992 

1 19

 Board retreats 1990-1993 

1 20-21

 Contact information 1990-1995 

4 4

 Board profiles 1991 

1 22

 Board letters of understanding 1991-1992 

1 23

 Board self-appraisals 1991-1992 

1 24

 Board meeting minutes 1991-1992 

1 25-

 Board application 1991-1993 

2 2

 Executive committee 1992 

2 3

 Steering committee 1992-1994 

2 4

 Organizational structure circa 1992 

2 5

 Board meeting minutes 1993 

2 6-9

 Board meeting minutes 1994 

2 10-12

 Clippings 1988-1994 

4 5

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Series 3:  Series 3. GLAAD/LA Outreach 1989-1994   10.0 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 Folder

 Los Angeles Office of Education 1989-1991 

2 13

 Education sub-committee minutes 1991-1993 

2 14

 Education sub-committee miscellaneous 1991-1993 

2 15

 Outreach committee 1990-1993 

2 16-17

 Media Outreach miscellaneous 1991-1993 

2 18

 Media Outreach sensitivity training 1992-1993 

2 19

 Sensitivity training: request for qualifications 1993 

2 20

 Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA) background information 1992-1993 

2 21

 Rebuild Los Angeles (RLA) committee materials 1992-1993 

2 22

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Series 4:  Series 4. Lift the Ban on Gays and Lesbians in the Military 1993   7.0 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 Folder

 Celebrity resolutions 1993 

2 23

 Video press conference, To Support and Defend 1993 

2 24

 Military press 1993 

2 25

 Lift the ban poster 1993 

2 26

 Lesbians in the military 1993 

2 27

 Military resolution 1993 

2 28

 Military meetings 1993 

3 1

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Series 5:  Series 5. Awards and Recognition Programs 1994-2000   10.0 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 Folder

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

3 2

 5th Annual Los Angeles Awards program 1994 

3 3

 6th Annual Los Angeles Awards programs 1995 

3 4

 7th Annual Los Angeles, New York Awards program 1996 

3 5

 8th Annual USA and Los Angeles Awards programs 1997 

3 6

 9th Annual USA and Los Angeles Awards programs 1998 

3 7

 10th Annual Los Angeles Awards program 1999 

Box Folder

 Daily Variety Gotham April 16, 1999 

5 1
Box Folder

 11th Annual Los Angeles Awards program 2000 

3 9
Box Folder

 2nd Annual Fairness Awards in Los Angeles program 1999 

3 10

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

3 11

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Series 6:  Series 6. GLAAD Publications 1989-2001   5.0 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 Folder

 Homophobia Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation 1989-1991 

3 12

 Lesbian and Gay Images: An Entertainment Media Resource 1995 

3 13

 National Media Center Project executive summary 1996 

4 1

 Annual report 2000 

4 2

 Brochures, flyers, and newsletters 1990-2001 

4 3

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