Transgender Resources

Resources for Transgender People in Crisis

Transgender people in crisis should contact the following resources:

    Trans Media Images and Reviews of the film Girl

    GLAAD works with Hollywood to ensure that transgender people are represented fairly and accurately in film and TV. In 2018, GLAAD and 5050by2020 published an Open Letter in Variety, signed by over 45 agencies, production companies and organizations, and created a new resource guide for content creators called TRANSform Hollywood. However, not all films and TV shows follow best practices when telling stories about transgender people. Girl, which is available on Netflix, has been criticized by trans people and our allies for its dangerous scenes featuring mutilation, self-harm, and abuse of hormones. Though the director and some cisgender critics defend the film’s harmful content, several transgender writers and reviewers have spoken out against the tropes which appear throughout the film:

    • Belgium's Foreign-Language Oscar Submission, 'Girl,' Is a Danger to the Transgender Community (The Hollywood Reporter)
    • It's Winning Awards, but 'Girl' is No Victory for Trans Representation (BFI)
    • The Suffocating Cisgender Gaze of Netflix's Girl (them)
    • There's No Good Reason to Watch Belgium's Controversial Girl (Vanity Fair)
    • Netflix's 'Girl' is Dangerous and Doesn’t Deserve an Oscar (Out Magazine)
    • Netflix's 'Girl' Is Another Example of Trans Trauma Porn and Should Be Avoided At All Costs (INTO)
    • Positioning her self-harm as the ultimate act of liberation is extremely irresponsible (RogerEbert.com)
    • GIRL: An Irresponsible Drama Which Could Harm Transgender Viewers (Film Inquiry)
    • Girl Is an Irresponsible Exploitation of the Transgender Body (Ian Thomas Malone)
    • In Lukas Dhont's Grindingly Miserable 'Girl,' Victimhood Is Glorified (Slant)
    • Girl grows increasingly schematic in presenting the politics of having and living with a trans body as it bulldozes toward various traumas and an unforgivable ending (Reverse Shot)
    • Girl's escalating obsessions reprise long histories of cruel, transphobic storytelling (Film Comment)

    Transgender Organizations

    Transgender Programs at LGBT Organizations

    General Information and Resources

    • The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is the largest survery of transgender people ever conducted. The data has also been broken down by race, ethnicity, and geography. The survey's results detail the extent of the poverty, discrimination, and violence faced by transgender people. The results are also available in Spanish.
    • Transgender Lives: Your Stories is an interactive campaign created by The New York Times to allow transgender people to tell their own stories in their own words.
    • I AM: Trans People Speak is a campaign created by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and sponsored by GLAAD to raise awareness about the diversity of transgender communities. It lifts the voices of transgender individuals, as well as their families, friends, and allies.
    • The Trans 100 was an annual list of 100 amazing and inspiring trans Americans who are visible within their communities.
    • We Happy Trans is a website devoted to sharing positive stories from trans people everywhere.
    • TSER, Trans Student Educational Resources, provides trans information on school issues and supports efforts for creating policy change in school districts.

    Know of a resource that might be added to this page? Contact GLAAD's Transgender Media Program.

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    Hate-Crimes Against Transgender People Grow but Community Response Deepens The ten-year remembrance of Matthew Shepard’s murder is also the ten-year remembrance of Rita Hester’s.  Rita was a transgender woman from Boston, Massachusetts who was viciously stabbed to death on November 28, 1998.  Rita was murdered only one month after Matthew was brutally attacked and died in Laramie, Wyoming.

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