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

19-year-old student shares how Trump’s ban on transgender service members changed his life

The biggest thing that I would like people to know is that I am going to work to make sure that this policy is reversed.

Lady Gaga's new beauty brand is teaching me how to embrace my inner beauty

With the launch of her new beauty brand, she is bringing her ideals of love, acceptance, and inclusion to the forefront. 

The GLAAD Wrap: 'The L Word: Generation Q' photos; 'Transparent' and 'AHS: 1984' trailers; new music from K. Flay, BROCKHAMPTON 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.

Honest storytelling: A conversation with GLAAD Award nominee Katie Barnes on trans inclusion in sports

By demonstrating how local policies affect these two high schoolers, “They are the Champions” investigates how different states and athletic associations restrict transgender students’ inclusion in sports.