What Is GLAAD?

What Is GLAAD?

GLAAD, originally known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is a non-governmental organization that strives for equality via the media. It helps to give members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community a voice and to change people's preconceptions while holding the media accountable for the work they publish.

Established in 1985, GLAAD came about as a response to the New York Post's defamatory coverage of HIV/AIDS. In a bid to end homophobic reporting in the media and to change the media culture, GLAAD works closely with media organizations to shape the way the LGBT community is represented in television, movies and news, and to remove the existing barriers in order to bring about equality.