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

UPDATE: Police Claiming Long Island Vandalism Not A Hate Crime As an update to the recent post by former GLAAD Transgender Advocacy Fellow, Mik Kinkead, is reporting that the incident is not being classified as a hate crime.  From the article:
Guest Post: Growing After Bias
Police investigate the hate crime. Pictured is the shattered front door to the Center.

Police investigate the hate crime. Pictured is the shattered front door to the Center.

Indiana's WTHR-TV Changes Story GLAAD Named "Worst" Thanks to a "worst" mention in GLAAD's latest "Best & Worst of National News," and coverage of the mention at the Bilerico Project, a problematic news story has been changed on the website of WTHR, a local NBC affiliate.
A Mixed Review of Dr. Phil’s Latest Attempt to Cover Transgender Children Dr. Phil McGraw once again tried to tackle the subject of transgender children on his January 13 broadcast. The segment, titled, Little Boy Lost, explored a mother’s journey to understanding her transgender child’s path to living as her true self.