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.
Consequently, media coverage of gay and lesbian issues (and increasingly, bisexual and transgender issues) has moved beyond simplistic political dichotomies and toward more fully realized representations, not only of the diversity of our community, but also of our lives, our families, and our fundamental inclusion in the fabric of American society. Today our stories are more likely to be told in the same way as others — with fairness, integrity, and respect. Journalists realize that LGBT people have the right to fair, accurate and inclusive reporting of their stories and their issues, and GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, now in its ninth edition, offers tools they can use to tell our stories in ways that bring out the best in journalism.
GLAAD's Media Reference Guide is intended to be used by journalists reporting for mainstream media outlets and by creators in entertainment media who want to tell our stories fairly and accurately. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive glossary of language used within the LGBT community, nor is it a prescriptive guide for LGBT people.
Browse sections of the Media Reference Guide
GLOSSARY OF TERMS / LANGUAGE
- Covering the Bisexual Community
- Covering the Transgender Community
- LGBT Parenting
- Religion & Faith
- Hate Crimes
- Covering Crimes when the Accused is LGBT
- HIV, AIDS & The LGBT Community
- "Ex-Gays" & "Conversion Therapy"
- LGBT People in Sports