For nearly three decades Alan Klein has harnessed the power of media relations to achieve victories in the public sphere, both for organizations and individuals, artists and activists. He has translated complex messages into accessible information and channeled them to key demographics. He has also introduced products and services in major markets nationwide, and increased awareness of already-established brands.
Biography: Alan Klein
Alan Klein and Jay Blotcher were the nation’s first public relations professionals to cater to LGBT clients by providing strategic communications services to the nation's most high-profile LGBT social justice organizations.
He generated consistent front-page attention for God’s Love We Deliver, the organization that improves nutritional health for people with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses. For Stonewall 25, Klein made the mile-long Rainbow Flag the predominant image for the historic 25th anniversary of the LGBT rights movement. Seen in media outlets worldwide, images of the flag created community goodwill for its corporate sponsor.
For AT&T and Rolling Stone, he garnered live shots from New York to Los Angeles. He also brought national attention to HBO’s Matthew Shepard documentary Dear Jesse. He obtained front-page New York Times coverage of a report issued by the nonprofit organization, NYC Performing Arts Spaces.
As national communications director and spokesperson for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Klein played a pivotal role in the coming out of actress Ellen Degeneres by orchestrating much of the international coverage. He also co-founded the successful online campaign StopDrLaura.com.
Alan Klein’s involvement in social justice issues has consistently been a focal point of his life. He was a founding member of the AIDS activist group ACT UP and co-founded Queer Nation. His early activism helped propel him toward a career in public relations, which began in 1990 when he and fellow ACT UP member Jay Blotcher co-founded Public Impact Media Consultants, a firm devoted to promoting the missions of many of the nation’s leading social change organizations.
Blotcher and Klein successfully brought the message of equality to the television airwaves. The pair created and produced “The Anti-Violence Campaign,” the first-ever anti-gay violence PSA campaign, chaired by actress Susan Sarandon. Their historic media campaign for Comedy Central helped make Out There — the first all-gay television comedy series — a top ratings winner.
Alan Klein has mastered the tools and skills to effectively speak to the public via mass media. The results of his decades of work have changed America’s cultural and political landscape.
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