Fight for Equality
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people want equal rights, not special rights. In many states, however, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is still legal. An LGBT person can be kicked out of school, fired from a job or denied housing simply because of who they love or how they express their gender. And in most states, same-sex couples cannot legally marry.
Opinion polls show that people who know someone who is LGBT are more likely to support equal rights for all people. As an ally and a friend, the people in your life need you to take a stand for fairness and join in the fight for equality.
Activists are often ordinary people from different religious and cultural backgrounds who can create a strong political force. The road to full equality and acceptance is a long one and it's people like you who are paving the way for equal rights and visibility.
The creation of the Where We Are on TV report in 2005 allows GLAAD to track trends and compile statistics for series regular characters on broadcast television with regard to sexual orientation, gender identity and race/ethnicity for the upcoming season. GLAAD measures the presence of LGBT characters and the visibility of the community they portray on television in upcoming scripted primetime programs; both new and returning shows. This marks the 17th year GLAAD has tracked the number of LGBT characters expected to appear in the new fall television season on both broadcast and cable networks.read more >>