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

New York Times Documents Transgender Disenfranchisement We had posted earlier on how transgender people were being alluded to, but not directly mentioned, in national media coverage on voter disenfranchisement.  Well, on Election Day, The New York Times spotlighted this often-disenfranchised and overlooked voting bloc on their blog The City Room.
An Introduction to the Transgender Day of Remembrance The Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed this Thursday, Nov 20. To commemorate the day, GLAAD will be blogging about issues relevant to the Day of Remembrance throughout the week. This first post is an introduction to the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Remembering Duanna Johnson
Duanna Johnson

Duanna JohnsonOn Wednesday, we informed you of the tragic murder of Duanna Johnson. Duanna, a 40 year-old African American transgender woman, was murdered early Monday morning in Memphis, Tennessee.

Nicole and Charlize Get Hitched! Okay, not exactly. But Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron will play a married couple in an upcoming film, The Danish Girl, based on the true story of Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener.