Nick Adams - Director of Programs, Transgender Media

Nick Adams, who previously served as GLAAD’s Director of Communications & Special Projects, joined GLAAD's staff in 1998 and has significantly contributed to the organization’s ongoing commitment to transgender visibility. In 1998 he created the transgender section of GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, which included best practices for reporting on the transgender community – standards that the Associated Press and The New York Times subsequently used to improve their own style guides. He has worked with dozens of television shows to help them create more realistic, multi-dimensional transgender characters, including: Degrassi which won a Peabody Award for its inclusion of a transgender teen; Glee, which worked with GLAAD to recruit a 200-person transgender choir; and The Bold and the Beautiful as it chose to disclose that one of its lead characters is a transgender woman. While researching and reporting the interview with Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner, ABC looked to GLAAD as a valuable source of information on the issues affecting the transgender community, frequently tapping Adams' resources and expertise. ABC News also used GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, along with quotes from Adams and other GLAAD staffers, in materials created for ABCNews.com to accompany the interview. Adams has conducted trainings on how to fairly and accurately portray transgender people to high-level executives at Viacom Networks, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, and other networks.



In 1999, Adams co-founded FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, a community-based organization dedicated to empowering the female-to-male transgender community, and since 2009 he has served on the board of Transforming Family, an organization for families with transgender and gender non-conforming children. Nick met his partner John at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2001 and they live in Los Angeles.