FREE THE WORK and GLAAD are debuting a new podcast, "FREE THE WORK Focus: Pride" for Pride 2021 diving into conversations around the state of LGBTQIA+ representation in behind the camera storytelling. The six-episode interview series will spotlight leading LGBTQIA+ creators TV, film, and documentary creators. The series premieres on June 3, 2021. The podcast collaboration is an extension of FREE THE WORK’s larger partnership with GLAAD in which both organizations amplify and advance LGBTQIA+ creators that GLAAD works with using the FTW database.

The premiere episode will be hosted by GLAAD Director of Entertainment Media, Jeremy Blacklow and will feature out Pakistani-Canadian-American film and TV actor, writer, producer and director Fawzia Mirza and Andria Wilson Mirza, Director of ReFrame, the joint gender equity coalition from Women in Film and the Sundance Institute. The series will also include interviews and conversations with Russian Doll creator/director Leslye Headland, Legendary Executive Producer Sydney Baloue, Emmy-nominated Razor Tongue writer/actor/producer Rain Valdez, and Disclosure director Sam Feder.

“This new podcast series will extend the important mission of FREE THE WORK, an organization that shares the same commitment to accelerating acceptance and amplifying diverse talent who GLAAD fights so hard to make room for,” says GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Media, Jeremy Blacklow. “These thought-provoking conversations between the GLAAD and FREE THE WORK staff, and LGBTQIA+ thought leaders in Hollywood, will both entertain and enlighten industry leaders and audience members who are seeking out meaningful conversations about representation and inclusion this summer.”

New episodes release Thursday mornings through July. Subscribe to The FREE THE WORK x GLAAD Podcast, wherever podcasts can be found. For updates on the next episodes, be sure to follow @GLAAD and @FREETHEWORK across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Follow the FREE THE WORK podcast: Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.



FREE THE WORK is a non-profit organization committed to making equality actionable in media and to creating opportunities for a global workforce of underrepresented creators behind the lens in TV, film, and marketing.


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
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