Resources for Media Professionals

The resources below are intended to provide journalists and entertainment writers with the resources they need to accurately and respectfully tell the stories of transgender resources. If you have further questions, please contact GLAAD at transgender@glaad.org. We will be happy to work with you on the story you are creating.

GLAAD's Media Reference Guide
Transgender terminology, terms to avoid, and guidelines for proper name and pronouns usage.

Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crimes
This report will help you ensure that transgender victims of violent crimes are always treated respectfully and fairly. These guidelines apply to all stories that involve the transgender community, but are especially important when the person has been attacked or killed.

Consistent Respect: Reporting On Transgender Crime Suspects
Transgender people are sometimes suspected and/or convicted of crimes. The media has a responsibility to represent all transgender people accurately, with their correct names and pronouns, and without relying on dehumanizing stereotypes. This responsibility does not change with the circumstances of a story, including instances where transgender people are suspected of crimes.

Transgender Awareness Week
Every year in November, individuals and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues these communities face. This week ends with the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Timeline: A Look Back at the History of Transgender Visibility
Take a look back at the history of transgender visibility with this timeline of notable events compiled by GLAAD.

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
"Injustice at Every Turn" is a survey of over 6,400 transgender people detailing the staggering levels of discrimination and violence faced by this community, and the resilience shown by transgender people as they fight for full equality. The survey, created by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, is one of the few sources of detailed statistics about the transgender community. The survey data has also been broken out by race and ethnicity.

Entertainment Resources

GLAAD Examines Ten Years of Transgender Images on Television
In 2012, GLAAD reviewed its archives of transgender-inclusive television episodes over the past ten years, and found that a great deal of progress still needs to be made for fair and accurate depictions of the transgender community. This report will be updated annually in November as part of Transgender Awareness Week.

Transgender Characters That Changed Film and Television
Though media representations have often been very problematic, there are also many films and television shows that deserve recognition for their complex and truthful depictions of transgender characters. GLAAD has compiled some of the most memorable characters we’ve seen over the years that helped changed the way audiences viewed the transgender community.

Recent blog posts

His other tactics failing, NOM president turns to anti-trans fear-mongering

NOM's obvious (and growing) desperation will alienate far more than their new shotgun approach to the marriage fight could ever hope to recruit.

Petition launched to #FreeEisha, a trans woman of color arrested after she was attacked

A trans woman of color, Eisha Love, is currently facing attempted murder charges after she was attacked by two men outside a gas station on Chicago's West Side.

Detroit local media misgenders, stereotypes three transgender victims of violence

According to local news outlets in Detroit, police are investigating three recent shootings in the Palmer Park area as possible hate crimes.

Mills College, a women's college, strengthens commitment to transgender inclusiveness

Mills College, a women's college in Oakland, California, is allowing female-identified transgender students to enroll.

Anonymous transphobic Wikipedia edits linked to an IP address in US Congress

According to reports from the Twitter account congress-edits, which tracks when anonymous Wikipedia edits are made from IP addresses associated with Congressional office buildings, someone in a US House building has been making transphobic edits to the page about Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Ferguson shows how much work is left to do in the United States

Last week, GLAAD shared with you some of the ways in which you could stand in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown and the people of Ferguson, Missouri. As the story continues to unfold, it brings to light instances of violence and harassment experienced by people of color, as well those who are LGBT, all around the country.

Trans Women of Color Collective led a Call to Action one year after assault on Islan Nettles

The Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) of Greater New York led a Call to Action this past Monday at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem, marking one year since the brutal assault on Islan Nettles.

Filipino actor and singer Aiza Seguerra comes out as a transgender man

Last week popular Filipino actor/singer Aiza Seguerra came out as a transgender man on the talk show "Aquino & Abunda Tonight." He rose to fame as a child, appeaing in over 30 Filipino films and TV series, before turning to music in his late teens and finding success as a pop singer and guitarist.

Trans model and activist Geena Rocero shares her story and passion for advocacy in Glamour Magazine

Glamour Magazine's September issue features transgender model and activist Geena Rocero sharing her personal story of finding herself and taking action for her community.

VIDEO: Dept of Labor extends discrimination protection to trans federal employees

The US Department of Labor issued a guidance protecting transgender employees of federal contractors from discrimination.

Trans people deserve the same access to healthcare as everyone else

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah are being called upon to overturn New York State Medicaid's regulation excluding transgender people from accessing care. Medicaid is meant to ensure that low-income people have the care they need to survive, and no one should be denied that just because of who they are. Take action now