Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Jehan Agrama collection on the Gay & Lesbian
Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles (GLAAD/LA)
Bulk Dates: (bulk
Collection number: Coll2008-049
Collection Size: 2 records boxes + 1 archive
carton + 1 archive half-carton + 1 oversized box. 4 linear
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
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
Languages: Languages represented in the
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
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).
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.
Date and method of acquisition unknown.
Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira,
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
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.
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,
The basic arrangement reflects the order in which the files were found,
with the board of director files consolidated into one chronological
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hate crimes--United States--Prevention
Hate speech--United States
Homosexuality--Law and legislation--United
Mass media and gays--United States
Mass media--Social aspects--United States
Mass media--Political aspects--United
Minorities in mass media
Toleration--Study and teaching
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Media Guide to the Lesbian and Gay
. New York City: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
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
GLAAD Images - May/June 1996.
GLAAD Newsletter (New York City) - Fall
1989, Winter 1990, Summer 1990.
GLAAD Notes - Volume 2, number 4 (Winter
GLAAD Rag (Washington, D.C.) - July 1990,
August 1990, September 1990.
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.