Last night, NBC's reality competition show America's Got Talent ended its final audition episode with a musical performance from an 84-year-old man singing an original song about not wanting to date a woman because she had "male genitalia," and which included lyrics like "there's always some failure, always some flaw." As the song's "joke" dawned on the audience and judges, they erupted in laughter and the contestant was unanimously voted onto the next round.
Over the past month, GLAAD staff met with over 30 senior executives at MSNBC, NBC News, Bravo, and Oxygen for a discussion about fair, accurate, and inclusive media representations of transgender people in both news and entertainment.
Comcast and NBCUniversal went purple yesterday to spread the word about SpiritDay to show support for LGBT youth and stand against bullying. Stars from NBCUniversal networks and shows, as well as NBCUniversal employees, sported purple and shared Spirit Day on air and through social media.
Today GLAAD and over 40 organizations call on journalists to improve their coverage of transgender people following Private Chelsea Manning's statement that she is female and using the name Chelsea and female pronouns. The immediate news coverage, as well as the follow up analysis, brought into sharp focus the national news media's frequently inaccurate and uninformed coverage of transgender people.