GLAAD Transgender Media Program

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For Trans Awareness Week, GLAAD and Google partner to spotlight gc2b and the public's growing interest in trans issues

This year, GLAAD partnered with Google, Raquel Willis, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute to produce a film spotlighting Marli Washington, a trans small business owner, and to debut some of the data showcasing how Americans are learning about the trans community. 

A Tribute to Monica Roberts and Her Enduring Legacy

Roberts, a beloved leader in the trans community, inspired us all with her media advocacy and fierce truth-telling.

Guest Post from Joanna Hoffman of Athlete Ally: Trans Women Aren't Taking Over Sports, But Transphobia Is

"As a cisgender female athlete, I’ve seen a lot of threats to girls and women’s sports, from sexual harassment to unequal pay and a lack of women coaches. Expanding access, and allowing trans girls and women to participate, actually makes our sport stronger."

The GLAAD Wrap: New music from Lil Nas X and Pentatonix; Ammonite in theaters; Happiest Season new trailer; AHS teasers; and more!

Every week, The GLAAD Wrap brings you LGBTQ-related entertainment news highlights, fresh stuff to watch out for, and fun diversions to help you kick off the weekend.

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According to a recent Pew poll, nearly 90% of Americans say they personally know someone who is lesbian, gay, or bisexual. However, multiple polls show that approximately 20% of Americans say they personally know someone who is transgender. 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.

In 2018, GLAAD and 5050x2020, a strategic initiative within TIME’S UP advocating for increased inclusion of women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in media, released an open letter in Variety urging the entertainment industry to prioritize telling transgender stories, include trans creators in the creative process, and cast trans roles more authentically.  More than 45 production companies, talent agencies, and advocacy organizations, including Ryan Murphy Productions, SAG AFTRA, ACLU, Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Alliance, Shondaland, Norman Lear's Act III Productions, Apatow Productions, Bad Robot, Berlanti Productions, Casting Society of America, CAA, ICM, UTA, WME, Women In Film, Color Of Change and many more, signed the open letter.

The letter also encouraged content creators in Hollywood to read TRANSform Hollywood, a resource guide for the entertainment industry, created by GLAAD and 5050by2020, offering tips and best practices for collaborating with trans storytellers and fostering a more trans-inclusive production environment. 

GLAAD also 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 trans@glaad.org.

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