Letter From GLAAD President Jarrett T. Barrios

Dear friends,

In 2010, we celebrated some tremendous achievements: marriage equality arrived in our nation's capital; President Barack Obama mandated that hospitals must treat LGBT families with respect and dignity; a federal judge in California ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional; and the United States Senate acted to repeal the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members.

Tragically, however, we also lost several young people to suicide, anti-gay activists are working overtime to ban marriage equality in states across the nation, and LGBT Americans can still be fired in dozens of states simply for being who they are. It's obstacles like these that serve to remind us how very important it is to cast powerful and positive images of LGBT people in our media.

GLAAD is working to do just that.

In October, GLAAD launched the "Spirit Day" campaign, encouraging millions of people across the nation to wear purple in support of LGBT youth. GLAAD also led a digital component to Spirit Day that helped over 100,000 Facebook and Twitter users 'go purple' and speak out against anti-LGBT bullying. From the Today Show to the Tonight Show, America was covered in purple, sending a clear message to LGBT young people that it's okay to be who you are.

As GLAAD celebrates 25 years of amplifying LGBT voices, it's no coincidence that there are more LGBT characters on TV than ever before, more stories about LGBT people in the news than ever before and more support for marriage equality, military equality and employment equality than ever before.

From television shows to news reports, GLAAD is working in the court of public opinion to shape a more equal tomorrow.

In Service,


Jarrett T. Barrios

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2014 Anti-Bullying Resource Kit (for Students)

Spirit Day was created to stand against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth. Whether you are in middle school, high school or college, here are some ways that you can get your friends, family, and community, involved in Spirit Day. Be a part of the change and go purple for Spirit Day!

2014 Anti-Bullying Resource Kit (for Parents)

Spirit Day was created to stand against bullying and to show support for LGBT youth. Whether you are a teacher in middle school, high school or college, or your children are in school, here are some ways that you can get your friends, family, and community, involved in Spirit Day. Be a part of the change and go purple for Spirit Day!

GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 9th Edition

Over the past two decades, Americans have experienced a significant evolution in their understanding and cultural acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lives.

2014 Studio Responsibility Index

The GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) maps the quantity, quality and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in films released by seven major motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year. GLAAD researched films released by 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers. The report is intended to serve as a road map toward increasing fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT film representations.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Resource Kit for Journalists

The Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors the memory of those murdered because of anti-transgender prejudice, is recognized annually on November 20. GLAAD encourages journalists to mark the occasion with stories about the pervasive problem of crimes against transgender people, as well as the diversity and resilience of the community in the face of harassment and violence.

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