GLAAD turns 30! A look back on decades of progress.

GLAAD's first recorded meeting took place on November 14, 1985, and 30 years later, the organization is still leading the conversation, shaping the media narrative, and changing the culture to accelerate LGBT acceptance. As we celebrate turning 30, we look back at how far we have come while remembering how much work is still left to be done.

Here are selected highlights of GLAAD's culture-changing work since its inception:

1985 - In response to the New York Post's grossly defamatory and sensationalized HIV and AIDS coverage, GLAAD is formed with its original name, "Gay and Lesbian Anti-Defamation League" (later changed to "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation" in 1986) to put pressure on media organizations to end anti-LGBT reporting.

1987 - GLAAD persuades The New York Times to change its editorial policy and begin using the word 'gay' instead of 'homosexual.'

1989 - Bob Hope makes a homophobic comment on the Tonight Show. After meeting with GLAAD, Hope agrees to make a PSA denouncing anti-gay violence that airs nationally.

1991 – After GLAAD speaks out, Hallmark Cards withdraws the word ‘lesbian’ from its list of banned words.

1992 - Entertainment Weekly names GLAAD as one of the 100 Most Powerful Entities in Hollywood.

1994 - GLAAD coordinates media for the Stonewall 25 March and Rally.

1997 - GLAAD's 'Let Ellen Out' campaign focuses unprecedented media attention on lesbian and gay representation on TV.

1998 - Following the murder of Matthew Shepard, GLAAD goes to Laramie, WY to help coordinate media outreach and vigils - sparking a national dialogue about anti-LGBT violence.

1998 & 1999 - GLAAD exposes the fraudulent claims of so-called "ex-gay" groups.

2000 - After meeting with GLAAD, the Associated Press revises its Stylebook to include fair and accurate LGBT terminology.

2000 - Prompted by Eminem's violently anti-gay 'Marshall Mathers LP,' GLAAD launches a national dialogue on homophobia in music.

2001 - GLAAD succeeds in keeping the anti-gay rhetoric of 'Dr. Laura' Schlessinger off TV airwaves.

2002 - GLAAD's 'Announcing Equality' campaign begins, leading to a 584 percent increase in the number of newspapers willing to print announcements for gay and lesbian couples by 2008.

2004 - GLAAD bridges a landmark partnership with Spanish-language television giant Univision designed to create more inclusive programming across the network.

2006 - Meetings with Associated Press editors culminate in an AP Stylebook update that more accurately identifies LGBT people.

2007 - GLAAD breaks barriers in Asian-Pacific Islander media and releases its Chinese-language Media Reference Guide.

2008 - GLAAD and Harris Interactive publish the groundbreaking 'Pulse of Equality' study, which shows that Americans' impressions of LGBT people are largely formed by what they see on TV and in the news.

2009 - In historic broadcast, truTV covers the murder trial of transgender teen Angie Zapata after working with GLAAD.

2010 - GLAAD leads millions in a united stand against bullying and in an international show of support for LGBT youth on the first annual Spirit Day.

2011 - L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant apologizes for using an anti-gay slur on the court after GLAAD intervenes. The NBA begins work with GLAAD to address homophobia in basketball.


2012 - Jennifer Tyrrell is ousted as den leader of her son's Boy Scouts troop because she is gay, kicking off GLAAD's campaign to end the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members. Today, the Boy Scouts allows gay youth and adults to participate.

2013 - To highlight the organization's work with the entire LGBT community and allies, GLAAD formally drops the original name "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation" and begins to exclusively use GLAAD as the organization's name.

2013 - After a thirteen-month campaign, the Boy Scouts of America ends its ban on gay youth.

2014 - GLAAD appoints Sarah Kate Ellis as CEO & President after a successful career as an award-winning media executive and communications strategist.

2014 - GLAAD works with Facebook to expand gender options, making the platform more inclusive of transgender and gender-nonconforming users.

2014 - GLAAD co-leads first ever bisexual awareness week.

2014 - GLAAD successfully urges Heineken and Guinness to drop their sponsorships the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade due to its ban on LGBT participants. Parade organizers later announce that they will allow an LGBT group to march for the first time ever in 2015.

2014 - ESPN and Univision speak out against anti-gay slurs at the FIFA World Cup in solidarity with GLAAD's #StopTheSlurs campaign, launched as part of GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media program.

2015 - GLAAD partners with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to renew the attention of Americans, the entertainment industry, and news media on the fight to end HIV and AIDS once and for all. 

2015 -GLAAD works closely with E! and ABC News to ensure that Caitlyn Jenner's coming out is done in a respectful, accurate, and fair manner.

2015 - To help accelerate acceptance in the U.S. South, GLAAD begins to release a series of playbooks on LGBT reporting in those states.

2015 - GLAAD releases an HIV and AIDS PSA in conjunction with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

2015 - GLAAD Global Voices, the organization's international initiative is officially announced.

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