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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.