Ross Murray

Director of Programs, GLAAD; Founding Director, The Naming Project

Ross Murray is GLAAD's Director of Programs. He works with individuals and organizations who are bringing LGBTQ equality to their own environments through their advocacy or their mere presence. He helps them craft a media strategy and prepares to be able to tell that story effectively, and in a way that calls others to action. Ross has been consecrated as a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with a specific calling to advocate for LGBTQ people and to bridge the LGBTQ and faith communities. Ross has secured national media interest in stories that bring examples of LGBTQ equality across diverse communities. He specializes in relationship between religion and LGBT people. In 2014, he was named one of Mashable's "10 LGBT-Rights Activists to Follow on Twitter." Ross is also a founder and director of The Naming Project, a faith-based camp for LGBTQ youth and their allies. The Naming Project has also been the subject of much media, including the award-winning film Camp Out, as well as the controversial episode "Pray the Gay Away?" of Our America with Lisa Ling.