GLAAD launches #GLAADat30 to celebrate thirty years of progress

Over the last 30 years, GLAAD has been a key player in many LGBT media milestones and victories for equality and acceptance. From GLAAD's formation in November 1985 to today, GLAAD has been at the forefront of changing hearts and minds.

In celebration of the last thirty years of progress, GLAAD today launched the #GLAADat30 campaign, which will explore the history of GLAAD and its most significant accomplishments. Through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, GLAAD will post archival materials documenting our history. Photos, newsletters, invitations, newspaper clippings, advertisements, and letters will be posted every Thursday.

Starting today, we go back to the beginning of GLAAD's history. GLAAD -- originally named the "Gay and Lesbian Anti-Defamation League" and later the "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation" -- was formed in November of 1985 in response to the New York Post's grossly defamatory and sensationalized coverage of HIV and AIDS. A small group of journalists and writers, including filmmaker and advocate Vito Russo, were among the organization's founders, and their goal was to put pressure on media organizations to end anti-LGBT reporting. GLAAD's first reported meeting took place on November 14, 1985, and in December, almost 1,000 people protested outside of the New York Post. That first protest is pictured in the Instagram post below. 

As the year progresses, GLAAD will continue to share images of GLAAD's history, moving chronologically from 1985 to 2015. In addition, we invite you to participate in the campaign by posting your own memories of GLAAD with the hashtag #GLAADat30 on your favorite social media platforms.