GLAAD Transgender Media Program

According to a recent Pew poll, nearly 90% of Americans say they personally know someone who is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. However, according to a recent Harris poll, only 16% of Americans say they personally know someone who is transgender. The same poll showed that while 27% of Millennials say they personally know someone who is transgender, only 9% of Americans over 45 say the same. Given this reality, most Americans learn about transgender people through the media. So when the media talks about transgender issues - it is imperative that they get it right.

GLAAD's staff, which has included transgender people for over 20 years, is committed to working with the media to fairly and accurately tell the stories of transgender lives. GLAAD works with national news outlets, TV networks, film studios and Spanish-language media to include real stories about transgender people. GLAAD also works closely with transgender people and transgender advocacy groups to raise awareness about transgender issues. GLAAD provides free trainings to empower transgender people to share their stories in the media.

Recently GLAAD worked with Netflix to create a campaign, #FirstTimeISawMe. Check out the videos with Jamie Clayton, Elliot Fletcher, Jazz Jennings, Laura Jane Grace, Meredith Talusan, Tiq Milan, and GLAAD's Nick Adams; then read other trans people's stories of when they really saw themselves reflected on-screen.

If you would like to contact us about how to create more authentic transgender characters in films and TV, or for resources on how to create accurate news stories, contact us at

Want to learn more about what it means to be transgender? Check out our Transgender Frequently Asked Questions

Recent stories

Federal Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Sheds Light on Transgender Job Bias Last Friday was a landmark day for transgender people across the US. In a historic first, the US District Court ruled that a transgender woman had been discriminated against when an employer rescinded a job offer upon learning of her transition.
Sex and Gender Identity Diversity on Broadcast TV Examining the sex and gender identity of all 616 series regular characters on the five broadcast networks, GLAAD analysts found that each network features more male than female characters, demonstrating a divergence from the general population (where Census figures from 1990 and 2000 consistently give women the slight edge). GLAAD analysts found that ABC leads with the largest total number of female characters in the upcoming season, with 49% of its series regular characters being women.
Little Orphan Elina Last night's Top Model was a doozy. The girls all got makeovers, so you know what that means: weaves and tears. Though none of the models knew what changes they would be receiving by the ANTM hair team, our two queer ladies, Elina and Isis, lucked out (unlike Clark, who I think now looks like a bad Wonder Woman with her blue-black locks.)