GLAAD partners with Outfest on two trans panels

At the 2015 Outfest LA film festival, Nick Adams, GLAAD's Director of Programs for Transgender Media, appeared on two panels to discuss the importance of transgender media images.

On Sunday, July 12, Nick moderated a panel with Jazz Jennings and three other trans youth following a special premiere screening of TLC's docu-series, I Am Jazz. From an early age, Jazz wanted to be seen as the girl she knew she was, and I Am Jazz follows her and her family as Jazz begins navigating teenage life and preparing for high school.

Nick asked Elliot, Zoey, and Scott (l-r) to appear with Jazz to share their experiences as trans youth, and to discuss the importance of fair and accurate portrayals of trans people in the media. After the panel, the youth took "jazz hands" photos as part of TLC's campaign #jazzhands, which raises money for Jazz's Trans Kids Purple Rainbow Foundation.

Share your Jazz Hands photos to support transgender youth everywhere all season long on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #JazzHands. TLC will donate $1.00 per photo shared to the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, (up to a maximum donation of $5,000.)

On Saturday, July 18, Nick participated in a Transgender Hollywood panel produced by SAG-AFTRA's National LGBT Committee and Outfest to discuss the pros and the cons of the "trans"-formation of mainstream media and whether this is a cultural movement that's here to stay.

Writer and producer Shadi Petosky from PUNY Entertainment (Yo Gabba Gabba!) moderated the discussion with Nick and panelists Alexandra Billings (Transparent), D’Lo (Sense8),
 Scott Turner Schofield (The Bold and The Beautiful),
 and Mya Taylor (Tangerine)


In front of a capacity audience, the panel discussed the current state of trans media representations, the challenges faced by transgender actors, and the importance of trans people creating their own projects in order to tell their stories.

GLAAD is grateful to Outfest, TLC, and SAG-AFTRA for creating these high-profile opportunities to talk about trans media, and for inviting GLAAD to participate on both panels.