GO! Presents 100 Women We Love: Class of 2024

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August 6, 2020

Cathy Renna

Photo Courtesy of Cathy Renna.

A veteran in the communications industry, Cathy Renna is no stranger to shaping major issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. During her time working with GLAAD as the National News Media Director, Renna executed crisis and strategic communications for momentous events like the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and the beating death of Matthew Shepard. She co-founded Renna Communications, a queer public relations firm, and founded Target Cue, an LGBTQ+-focused full-service communications and public relations firm where she currently works as Senior Vice President and Managing Partner. Before working at GLAAD, Renna volunteered for the organization, and she credits that experience with showing her that she could find a comfortable niche doing public relations about media and culture as an out lesbian. Never did Renna think that the intersections of her identity and interest would become a job, let alone that she would start her own company. “I have been fortunate to find myself at the center of many historic LGBTQ+ community issues and events — from Ellen coming out to last year’s WorldPride | Stonewall 50 events — and I feel grateful and humbled at the same time to play a role in making the world a better place for the queer community,” she tells GO. Renna most recently worked with NYC Pride to coordinate coverage for WorldPride | Stonewall 50, and she serves as Interim Communications Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force. While she loves the work she does, Renna finds the most rewarding aspect of her position is getting to work with amazing, diverse LGBTQ+ people and help share their stories. “Knowing those stories make a difference, change hearts and minds, and help educate the public about the reality of LGBTQ+ lives is gratifying and humbling,” she says. —IL

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