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Leading Acceptance

SDSU professor Thom Reilly was recently appointed to lead the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation board.

Thom Reilly, professor and director of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University will chair the national board of directors for Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

After five years as a board member, Reilly was appointed to his new role on Oct. 29.

Roles and responsibilities

Reilly will oversee the national board of directors whose mission is focused on the understanding and proper portrayal of the LGBT community.

The board empowers the LGBT community to share their stories, holds the media accountable for their representation of the LGBT community and supports other groups focused on social change and equality.

Reilly at SDSU

Reilly is working to connect SDSU students with the program. 

This past year, OUTreach, a student organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and allies participated in the national Spirit Day, an annual event that reaches out to members of these communities.

Last year, a group of SDSU students attended the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards, which celebrates news and entertainment media that produce accurate representations of the LGBT community.

Reilly said one of his goals is for SDSU students to continue to collaborate or participate in LGBT programs.

More about Reilly

Reilly is also the president and CEO of The Reilly Group, a marketing and management firm that provides turnaround services, public relations campaigns and community outreach programs.

He also chairs the Children’s Advocacy Alliance in Nevada and is involved with Meals on Wheels Association of America.

About the organization

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation serves as a voice of the LGBT community, promoting understanding, acceptance and equality.