Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Media & Representation

A photo of Nick AdamsNick Adams joined GLAAD's staff in 1998 and has significantly contributed to the organization’s ongoing commitment to transgender equality. In 1998 he created the transgender section of GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, which included best practices for reporting on the transgender community – standards that the Associated Press, The New York Times, and other media outlets subsequently used to improve their own style guides. While researching and reporting the interview with Caitlyn Jenner, ABC looked to GLAAD as a valuable source of information on the issues affecting the transgender community, frequently tapping Adams' resources and expertise. ABC News also used GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, along with quotes from Adams, in materials created for ABCNews.com to accompany Diane Sawyer's interview.

Adams is a resource for Hollywood creatives writing stories about transgender people. He has worked with dozens of television shows to help them create more realistic, multi-dimensional transgender characters, including: Degrassi which won a Peabody Award for its inclusion of a transgender teen; Glee, which worked with GLAAD to recruit a 200-person transgender choir; and The Bold and the Beautiful as it chose to disclose that one of its lead characters is a transgender woman. Adams worked with Electronic Arts as it created the trans-inclusive update to the The Sims. He also worked closely with CBS and Survivor, as they told the story of a trans player being outed on the show. He has conducted trainings on how to fairly and accurately portray transgender people to high-level executives at NBC, CBS, FOX, Viacom, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, MSNBC, and other networks.

 He also works with the Casting Society of America to ensure transgender roles are cast more authentically.

Nick transitioned in 1997, and in 1999 he co-founded FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, a community-based organization dedicated to empowering transgender men. Since 2009 he has served on the board of Transforming Family, an organization for families with transgender and gender non-conforming children. He co-facilitates Transforming Family's peer support group for transgender teenagers. Nick met his partner John at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2001 and they live in Los Angeles.