GLAAD Releases Updated Media Reference Guide

Resource for journalists and media creators now in its 9th edition

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
rferraro@glaad.org

Nick Adams
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(323) 634-2043
nadams@glaad.org

August 5, 2014

New York, NY – GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, released today an updated edition of its Media Reference Guide. For over 15 years the GLAAD Media Reference Guide has been a resource for journalists and media creators seeking information that will help them write fair, accurate, and inclusive stories about the LGBT community.

The newly released ninth edition of the guide includes an updated transgender terminology section and two completely new "In Focus" sections with information on covering the bisexual and transgender communities.

The "In Focus" sections on marriage, LGBT parents, religion, hate crimes, HIV/AIDS, so-called conversion therapy, and LGBT people in sports have all been updated with new information and tips on covering these complex topics.

GLAAD's Media Reference Guide may be found online at glaad.org/reference. A PDF download of the guide will be available by the end of August.

From the introduction: "In an era when gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender lives increasingly intersect with mainstream media coverage of family, faith, the economy, health care, politics, sports, entertainment and a myriad of other issues, we at GLAAD are committed to providing timely and accurate resources for journalists. GLAAD believes the best news coverage allows readers, viewers and listeners to form their own conclusions based on factual information, compelling stories and appropriate context. We ask that you help give them that opportunity in your coverage of LGBT issues."