GLAAD at work in 2014

It's been a historic year for equality. And GLAAD was there every step of the way. . . 

January - 

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) opens its ranks to gay youth after GLAAD, Scouts for Equality, and others succesfully work to overturn the BSA's discriminatory ban on gay Scouts. 

 

February - 

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

 

March - 

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.

 

April - 

Supermodel and fashion icon Naomi Campbell makes international headlines after calling for more inclusion of transgender models in the fashion industry at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, where global superstar Jennifer Lopez speaks about the impact of GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media work.

 

May - 

GLAAD meets with over 30 senior executives at NBC News, MSNBC, Bravo, and Oxygen to discuss fair, accurate, and inclusive media representations of transgender people in both news and entertainment.

 

June - 

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.

 

July - 

GLAAD unveils the second annual 'Studio Responsibility Index,' a report that maps the quantity and quality of LGBT images on film, and which continues to raise the bar in LGBT representation on the silver screen. 

 

August - 

GLAAD ignites a national conversation about the dangers of anti-bisexual rhetoric following the publication of a harmful advice column on Slate, which encourages a bisexual woman to stay in the closet. The columnist, "Dear Prudence," later affirms support for the bisexual community and encourages visibility in safe spaces.

 

September - 

Following work with GLAAD, Symantec -- the world's fourth-largest software company -- eliminates web filters that block LGBT-related content, helping countless young people access potentially life-saving resources.

 

October - 

For the fifth consecutive year, GLAAD leads tens of millions in a united stand against bullying on Spirit Day. In historic firsts, the Empire State Building lights up in support of LGBT youth, and NBC changes its iconic peacock logo to purple to share the message that it's okay to be who you are.

 

November - 

GLAAD works alongside Judy and Dennis Shepard -- parents of slain 21 year-old college student Matthew Shepard -- and the filmmakers of "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine" to bring Matt's harrowing story to Russia and voice opposition to the country's draconian anti-LGBT laws. 

 

December - 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that transgender New Yorkers should have equal access to Medicaid, following GLAAD's 13-month campaign advocating for change.

GLAAD can do even more in 2015. But only if you help; pitch in right now to support equality.