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

EXCLUSIVE - Interview With Katelynn From The Real World: Brooklyn As I posted about on Friday, GLAAD was able to sit down with some of the cast members from this season of MTV's The Real World.  It's the most LGBT inclusive season to date.
What to Watch: Wednesday There is one show you absolutely must watch tonight, and we're being completely serious. The Real World: Brooklyn premieres tonight on MTV. Now in its 21st season (!), the show brings a record three LGBT housemates! JD is gay, Sarah is bi and Katelynn is The Real World’s first transgender cast member. Tune in to watch history unfold!
Transgender Woman and Boyfriend Murdered This week we learned another LGBT couple was murdered in their home in Indianapolis, Ind. Taysia Elzy, 34, a transgender woman, and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Mike Hunt were found murdered in their home last week.
Jennifer Gale, Austinite Transgender Leader, Found Dead
A memorial to Jennifer Gale at City Hall in Austin.

A memorial to Jennifer Gale at City Hall in Austin.


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