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 Issues Statement on Angie Zapata Murder Verdict Today, GLAAD and President Neil G. Giuliano issued a statement on the verdict in the murder case of Angie Zapata.  The jury found Allen Andrade guilty on four counts including first-degree murder and hate crime charges:
Today's verdict was about justice for Angie Zapata, although no verdict will ever be able to heal the tragic loss experienced by Angie's family.
More Media Coverage of the Angie Zapata Murder Trial As the trial in the murder of Angie Zapata continues, GLAAD will be monitoring local and national media for coverage of the trial and of Angie’s story. For more information on Angie’s story, visit If you are a journalist covering the trial, make sure to read GLAAD’s Resource Kit.

Video Coverage

    Does Sit Down, Shut Up Have a Trans Character? I know I'm a couple of days behind on my TV watching duties (Come on! It was the Media Awards this weekend! Give a girl a break!) but I just finished Fox's pilot episode of the animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, and I do believe there might be a transgender librarian working at Knob Haven High.
    Gainesville, FL Voters Turn Down Discriminatory Measure
    Supporters celebrate defeat of anti-discriminatory measure.

    Supporters celebrate defeat of anti-discriminatory measure.