The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Outfest, a leading showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film and video in Los Angeles, by announcing an ongoing collaboration.

Beginning this month, GLAAD will donate its extensive annual film and television collection to the Outfest Legacy Project.

“Each year, GLAAD monitors and archives thousands of hours of film and television,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano.

“We are thrilled that this collaboration with Outfest and UCLA ensures all of this important material will be made available to the public for generations to come.”

The Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation is a partnership between Outfest and the UCLA Film Television Archive.

“GLAAD’S donation is a significant and welcome addition to the Outfest Legacy Collection at UCLA,” said Outfest Executive Director Stephen Gutwillig.

“GLAAD has long played a crucial role acknowledging representations of LGBT lives in the media. Now, GLAAD is helping conserve them for all time.”

“GLAAD’s material is a treasure trove of tremendous historic, cultural and social significance,” said Robert Rosen, Dean of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

“It’s an honour to have these moving images as part of the Outfest Legacy Collection at UCLA.”

In previous years, GLAAD donated its film and television archives to ONE National Gay Lesbian Archives.

In March of this year, ONE deposited its vast assemblage of moving image material – more than 1,500 films and 3,000 videos, including GLAAD’s collection – with the Outfest Legacy Project.

The deposit nearly doubled the Outfest Legacy Project’s holdings, which had already comprised the world’s largest publicly accessible collection of LGBT films.