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GLAAD ‘no longer an acronym,’ alters name as part of broadened mission

Change reflects renewed commitment to incorporate bisexual and transgender people
Sunday, March 24, 2013

GLAAD has announced that its name will no longer be an acronym for the “Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,” and that it is altering its name and broadening its mission to focus more on advocating for equality for transgender people.

Appearing Sunday on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” show, GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz announced that the organization has formally will be known going forward as simply GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organization.

GLAAD says the change reflects a renewed commitment to incorporate bisexual and transgender people, as well as allies from diverse backgrounds in its work to shape the media narrative and build public support for the LGBT community.

“It is a natural progression that reflects the work GLAAD’s staff is already leading,” said Cruz.

“We respect and honor the full name that the organization was founded with, but GLAAD’s work has expanded beyond fighting defamation to changing the culture. Our commitment to marriage equality, employment nondiscrimination, and other LGBT issues is stronger than ever, and now our name reflects our work on transgender issues as well as our work with allies.”

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GLAAD also reaffirmed its commitment to combating “misinformation and hateful rhetoric that anti-LGBT activists like the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins put forth through the media.”

“The enemies of the LGBT community have gotten louder and more desperate,” said Cruz. “As we move into a media cycle that will include decisions around marriage equality from the Supreme Court and on inclusion from the Boy Scouts of America, our community needs GLAAD to work overtime on fair and accurate media coverage.”

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Is it good??

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:39pm
  2. SA-WEEET! :D

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:42pm
  3. I’ll believe it when I see it

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:45pm
  4. Awesome. I like having another resource for support to be able to turn to.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:49pm
  5. It’s about damn time.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:55pm
  6. They need to do more than just a name change (which is really not a name change) to get my respect.. such as adding many more trans board members taking into consideration that most transfolk do not make 6-figure salaries.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:56pm
  7. Can someone explain to me how the Trans community was grouped in with the lesbian, gay and bisexual community? I don’t see the connection.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 4:10pm
  8. While gender identity and sexual orientation are not mutually exclusive, we do share a common cause for civil rights and tolerance. Remember, it was the trans folk who had a significant presence during Stonewall. Understand where gay/lesbian rights were about 20 years ago, that’s about where trans rights are now.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 4:34pm
  9. Terry, trans people are a sexual minority…just like lesbians, gays, and bisexuals…hence the acronym, LGBT.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 5:24pm
  10. I understand why the trans community was added to the many acronyms..(I’ve been out since it was GLBTQQ 15 years ago)..but most FTM/MTF’s I know do not even consider themselves a part of the “community” after full transition. I just think its time to give acronyms a rest altogether and just stand for sexuality equality.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:33pm
  11. I’ll stand up for equal rights for all people of all sexual orientation, sexual identity, race, religion and every other facet of life. But I don’t agree with the LGBT grouping. That’s all.

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:59pm
  12. I think gay and lesbian work is still crucial in this country! Bisexual people fair the best out of the community thats why they don’t use our service as much and theres less of them most people have a prefrence. GLAAD should rethink this!

    Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 7:39pm