Yana Walton is a media activist with a background in US women’s and LGBT American history. Prior to joining the Women’s Media Center, Yana oversaw communications campaigns for Oxfam America, The Yes Men, and the Applied Research Center as the Campaigns and Publicity Manager at Represent Agency, a social justice public relations firm. Yana also was the Southern Media Field Strategist at GLAAD where she was responsible for monitoring and responding to media, training activists, and coordinating media campaigns in twelve southern states. During the 2008 elections, Yana provided media trainings for activists after the passage of Proposition 8 in California, worked on OpEd campaigns in Florida for the “No on 2″ marriage ballot initiative and 10th observance of Matthew Shepard’s murder, and was the communications consultant for Equality is Gainesville’s Business, a campaign to protect transgender residents from discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.
Yana was also the Director of Communications for the Utah Pride Center, where she trained newsrooms on fair, accurate, and inclusive reporting on LGBT people and issues, was the spokesperson for the Utah Pride Festival, and worked on transgender-inclusive housing policies for state universities. She also ran the statewide outreach and volunteer program for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah where she focused on providing testing outreach, comprehensive sex education, and created a peer-education teen council.
Yana was the research assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Clement’s upcoming history of gay family in 20th century America “We Are Family: Lesbians, Gays, and the American Family,” and is committed to advancing social justice through shaping media coverage of human rights issues. Yana mentors young women in NYC high schools through iMentor and resides in Brooklyn, where she co-organizes the Brooklyn Skillshare in her spare time, an annual learning event offering free classes taught by residents, for residents.