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

India gets its first transgender TV news anchor

Padmini Prakash has become the first transgender news anchor in India's history.

Parents of trans kids candidly speak to Brynn Tannehill about their experiences

Trans advocate Brynn Tannehill interviewed parents of transgender children and unveiled similar patterns among the families.

After trans teen Jane Doe briefly escapes custody, #JusticeForJane campaign to hold rally for her release

On Tuesday, the transgender teenager known as Jane Doe, who was imprisoned by order of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) in May without criminal charges against her, briefly escaped from custody at a juvenile center for delinquent boys before being found by police hours later.

Eisha Love is serving jail time for defending herself while other Chicago trans women are being attacked

On the morning of March 28 2012 while stopping at a gas station, Eisha Love and a friend were accosted at a gas station with a barrage of anti-trans epithets which led to an altercation.

VIDEO: Transgender advocate Brynn Tannehill's passionate and powerful speech for 2014 TransPride Pittsburgh

Trans advocate Brynn Tannehill used her own personal struggle to emphasize the importance of acceptance within the trans community at the 2014 TransPride Pittsburgh National Conference.

Snapshots: Symantec filters out discrimination, Andreja Pejic's AMA, GLAAD in Guatemala and more

Wonder what we're up to at GLAAD? Be sure to check out GLAAD's Blog each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment and online media.

'She's perfect the way she is': Students show support for transgender homecoming princess in Colorado

A transgender high school student in Colorado was crowned her high school's homecoming princess on Friday, according to the Associated Press. Scarlett Lenh, a 16-year-old junior at Sand Creek High School Colorado Springs, said she didn't expect to be nominated in the first place.

Some good questions and answers from Andreja Pejic's Reddit AMA

International fashion model Andreja Pejic hosted her first Reddit AMA today. She answered questions from Redditors, who asked Andreja anything about coming out as her authentic self, her career, crowdfunding the new documentary Andrej(a), and more.

Study shows transgender youth positively affected by receiving needed healthcare

A new Dutch study published online in the journal Pediatrics found that treatments delaying puberty for young people dealing with gender dysphoria improved their psychological well-being over time, reports Healthy Day.

Andreja Pejic to host her first ever Reddit AMA on Monday 9/15

Redditors will have the chance to ask Andreja anything about coming out as her authentic self, her career, crowdfunding her new documentary Andrej(a), and more.

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