"If I see myself on screen, then I know I exist."
Founded in 2011 as The Box Scene Project, Represent is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Our MISSION is to reach equal media representation in film, television, and theater for the LGBT community, women, people of color, folks with disabilities, and all who live at the intersection of these identities.
Why Representation Matters
The media is our collective imagination. It reflects society and vice versa, acting as both a window to the world and a mirror reflecting who we are. Unfortunately, current media images and messages do not reflect the diversity and complexity of humanity.
Due to lack of representational quality, our media often teaches that members of the LGBT* community, women, people of color, and/or folks with disabilities either do not exist or exist only in accordance with specific and often negative stereotypes. This lack of representation has not only been proven to be harmful to the self-esteem and self-worth of underrepresented groups, but also to create and reinforce, within the wider community, negative and prejudiced attitudes toward members of marginalized groups.
We work to facilitate the entrance of underrepresented groups into the media arts and encourage and promote diverse media, characters, and actors.
BECAUSE REPRESENTATION MATTERS.
GETTING TO EQUAL MEDIA REPRESENTATION
We believe that reaching equal media representation requires a four-pronged approach that includes
Education, Engagement, Guidance, and Creation.