GLAAD History and Highlights, 1985-Present

GLAAD, the nation's lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, was founded in 1985. Selected highlights from GLAAD's history are below. See what GLAAD is currently working on at GLAAD's blog. Learn about GLAAD or get involved.

1985 - In response to the New York Post's grossly defamatory and sensationalized HIV/AIDS coverage, GLAAD is formed with its original name "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation" to put pressure on media organizations to end homophobic reporting.

1987 - GLAAD persuades The New York Times to change its editorial policy and begin using the word 'gay.'

1997 - GLAAD's 'Let Ellen Out' campaign focuses unprecedented media attention on lesbian and gay representation on TV.

1998 - Following the murder of Matthew Shepard, GLAAD goes to Laramie, Wyo. to help coordinate media outreach and vigils - sparking a national dialogue about anti-gay violence.

1998 & 1999 - GLAAD exposes the fraudulent claims of so-called "ex-gay" groups.

2000 - After meeting with GLAAD, the Associated Press revises its Stylebook to include fair and accurate LGBT terminology.

2000 - Prompted by Eminem's violently anti-gay 'Marshall Mathers LP,' GLAAD launches a national dialogue on homophobia in music.

2001 - GLAAD succeeds in keeping the anti-gay rhetoric of 'Dr. Laura' Schlessinger off TV airwaves.

2002 - After meeting with GLAAD, The New York Times opens its Weddings & Celebrations page to same-sex couples.

2002 - GLAAD's 'Announcing Equality' campaign begins, leading to a 584 percent increase in the number of newspapers willing to print announcements for gay and lesbian couples by 2008.

2004 - GLAAD bridges a landmark partnership with Spanish-language television giant Univision designed to create more inclusive programming across the network.

2006 - GLAAD launches the 'Be an Ally & a Friend' campaign, encouraging straight allies to promote respect for LGBT people.

2006 - Meetings with Associated Press editors culminate in an AP Stylebook update that more accurately identifies LGBT people.

2007 - GLAAD expands the scope of its work with three new program areas: Religion, Faith & Values, Sports Media and Young Adult Media.

2007 - GLAAD breaks barriers in Asian-Pacific Islander media and releases its Chinese-language Media Reference Guide.

2007 - GLAAD launches its online resource for journalists and advocates, "Unmasking So-Called 'Ex-Gay' Activists," a critical tool in combating misinformation from the anti-gay right.

2008 - Bravo airs the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, bringing messages of support for LGBT people from America's favorite celebrities into 84 million homes.

2008 - GLAAD and Harris Interactive publish the groundbreaking 'Pulse of Equality' study, which shows that Americans' impressions of LGBT people are largely formed by what they see on TV and in the news.

2009 - GLAAD launches a new film outreach program to promote films that highlight the LGBT experience - cineGLAAD.

2009 - In historic broadcast, truTV covers the murder trial of transgender teen Angie Zapata after working with GLAAD.

2009 - GLAAD introduces its Advertising Media Program to promote fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT representations in advertising and corporate America.

2010 - NBC's Today Show opens its "Modern Wedding Contest" to same-sex couples after GLAAD speaks out. Executives vow to keep future contests fully inclusive.

2010 - GLAAD bridges a new partnership with Facebook to combat anti-LGBT cyberbullying.

2010 - Millions go purple in support of LGBT youth on Spirit Day.

2011 - L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant apologizes for using an anti-gay slur on the court after GLAAD intervenes. The NBA begins work with GLAAD to address homophobia in basketball.

2011 - After comedian Tracy Morgan made a joke endorsing violence against LGBT youth, GLAAD worked with him to organize a press conference and send a message that parents should always support their children.

2012 - Jennifer Tyrrell is ousted as den leader of her son's Boy Scouts troop because she is gay, kicking off GLAAD's campaign to end the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members.

2013 - To highlight the organization's work with the entire LGBT community and allies, GLAAD formally drops the original name "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation" and begins to exclusively use GLAAD as the organization's name.

2013 - After a thirteen-month campaign, the Boy Scouts of America ends its ban on gay Scouts.

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