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Thursday, May 17 • 9:00am - 10:30am
TRENDSPOTTING: The Power of Queer Storytelling in Song

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GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBTQ media advocacy group, returns to the annual Music Biz conference in Nashville with its latest panel, sure to be its biggest and best yet. Focusing around the power of queer storytelling — and its quickly emerging presence in Pop music — GLAAD has gathered some of the leading artists and songwriters of our time to discuss the importance of LGBTQ representation behind the scenes and in the lyrics of popular music.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Kate Ellis

Sarah Kate Ellis

President & CEO, GLAAD
Sarah Kate Ellis is the President & CEO of GLADD, where she refocused the organizations crucial advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community, through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns, and programs. Ellis has used GLAAD’s position as the world’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Shea Diamond

Singer & Songwriter
ShaGasyia “Shea” Diamond, is a singer/songwriter who wrote the song “I Am Her”, while serving a 10-year sentence in a male prison. The song is an anthem for everyone that ever felt shunned for simply being who they are, and empowers listeners to continue living as their true... Read More →
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Shelly Fairchild

Artist
Shelly Fairchild is a Country recording artist who hit the scene in 2005 with her debut album, “Ride” which she promoted touring alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, including Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. For her latest album titled, “Buffalo... Read More →
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Shane McAnally

CEO, Songwriter & Producer / Co-Head, SMACKSongs / Monument Records
Shane McAnally is a multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy award-winning Country music songwriter and producer, who currently works with Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and more. When he is not in the studio, he is serving as co-head of Monument Records and is the CEO & Co-Founder of... Read More →
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Justin Tranter

Musician, Songwriter & Activist
Justin Tranter is a Golden Globe and Grammy nominated songwriter, musician, and activist.  He has written songs for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DNCE, Kesha, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, and many others... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
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