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

GLAAD in Syracuse for Lateisha Green's Trial I am on the ground in Syracuse preparing for next week's court trial involving the murder of Lateisha Green. I will be in Syracuse with a couple of our sister organizations throughout the entire trial working with both the family and media outlets covering this profoundly sad story. On November 14, 2008, "Teish," a young African American transgender woman, was shot and killed. You can read more about her story here.
Dos Casos Alarmantes de Violencia, en Nueva York y Texas/Two Alarming Cases of Violence, in New York and Texas GLAAD is following media coverage of two alarming cases. One involves a young Queens, New York woman, Leslie Mora, 27, who was beaten with a belt by two individuals who shouted anti-gay insults, such as ‘f**got.’
Her attackers, Trinidad Tapia, 19, and Gilberto Ortiz, 32, were later found and arrested. Michael Silvermanof the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund indicated that the attack was a hate crime and should be tried as such.
GLAAD Reaches Out to Blog That Dehumanizes Transgender People As the result of constituents contacting GLAAD, we have reached out to the site owners of a blog that dehumanizes transgender people and their experiences. Tranny Alert is a website that posts pictures of people who are perceived to be transgender and encourages readers to submit photos of perceived transgender people for the blog to publish and provide commentary. It is unclear whether the site's subjects have provided consent to have their pictures taken and published in this context.
UPDATE: National Media Coverage of KRXQ Hosts' Apologies Two weeks after mobilizing GLAAD supporters, Sacramento radio hosts Rob Williams and Arnie States apologized yesterday for their disparaging, anti-transgender remarks that promoted the abuse of transgender children. Audio of the apologies can be found here. Following Thursday’s broadcast, Vice President of Entercom Entertainment Sacramento, John Geary, released a statement describing the anti-transgender remarks as “hurtful” and “unacceptable.”