After 25 Years, GLAAD Continues to Monitor AIDS-Related Defamation

There can be no acceptance without understanding and no understanding without visibility. For 25 years, GLAAD has worked to amplify the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the media. Formed in New York in 1985 to protest the New York Post’s grossly defamatory and sensationalized AIDS coverage, GLAAD has worked tirelessly to help individuals living with the virus tell their stories to ultimately end the trend of anti-gay reporting. Today, we continue that work. We have partnered with several organizations including the Black AIDS Institute, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), The Center for HIV Law and Policy, the National Center for People Living with AIDS and many others to raise visibility around this infection which affects all Americans. GLAAD partnered with statewide organizations in Arkansas when a school board member spewed AIDS-phobic rhetoric about gay and transgender youth. GLAAD stood up to The View when guest host D.L Hughley and host Sherri Shepherd presented misinformation about closeted black gay men. We’ve continued our efforts to monitor the media to ensure fair and balanced AIDS-related coverage and re-committed ourselves to working with reporters at outlets to make certain they understand that AIDS is not just an issue that affects gay and transgender Americans, but an issue that affects us all. “Today we remember those lives lost to HIV/AIDS as we renew our commitment to stopping the spread of infection,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “The media can play an integral role today in educating the public on HIV/AIDS by helping to raise awareness about transmission and challenging misconceptions.”