Over the past two decades, Americans have experienced a significant evolution in their understanding and cultural acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.
Consequently, media coverage of LGBTQ issues has moved beyond simplistic political dichotomies and toward more fully realized representations, not only of the diversity of the LGBTQ community, but also of LGBTQ people's lives, their families, and their fundamental inclusion in the fabric of American society. Today, LGBTQ people's stories are more likely to be told in the same way as others — with fairness, integrity, and respect. Journalists realize that LGBTQ 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 tenth edition, offers tools they can use to tell LGBTQ people's 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 LGBTQ people's stories fairly and accurately. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive glossary of language used within the LGBTQ community, nor is it a prescriptive guide for LGBTQ people.
Browse sections of the Media Reference Guide
GLOSSARY OF TERMS / LANGUAGE
- Covering the transgender community
- Covering the bisexual community
- Nondiscrimination laws & the LGBTQ community
- Marriage & parenting
- Religion & faith
- Hate crimes
- HIV, AIDS & the LGBTQ community
- "Conversion therapy"
- LGBTQ people in sports