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GLAAD Alters Mission Statement to Include Transgender Focus: VIDEO


On a panel on Sunday's Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, GLAAD's Wilson Cruz joined author and advocate Janet Mock and Mel Wymore, a community activist and Democratic candidate for New York City Council, to talk about GLAAD and an announcement made by President Herndon Graddick at the recent GLAAD awards that the organization would be altering its mission statement to add a focus on transgender defamation and equality.

"The organization has formally dropped the words 'Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation' from its name and will be known going forward as simply GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organization," it reports:

"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."

GLAAD will continue a broad range of important media work, from holding the media accountable for coverage of LGBT issues, to elevating the important LGBT stories that make headlines and ultimately inform the conversations that are happening at dinner tables, in boardrooms, and schools around the country. GLAAD also reaffirmed its commitment to combatting the misinformation and hateful rhetoric that anti-LGBT activists like the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins put forth through the media.

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  1. and this will, of course, be understandably good news to everyone except the cowardly gay men who hate on transpeople because they have nothing in their lives worth living for.

    as there is a massive amount of transphobia (and misogyny) that relates DIRECTLY to anti-gay prejudice and bigotry, this is good good good news.

    cue the one troll with his various screen names to anonymously, facelessly, scream otherwise.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2013 6:01:56 PM

  2. I think it is kinda strange of them to have an acronym for a name if the letters don't have any significance. Maybe they should change their name, not just their tag line.

    Posted by: JP | Mar 24, 2013 6:04:11 PM

  3. at least their true agenda is made clear to everyone now. GLAAd ceased being a viable gay rights group some time ago.

    Posted by: Mr. Davis | Mar 24, 2013 7:12:57 PM

  4. This is just formalizing the transjacking that has already occurred. Needless to say, they get zero money and zero volunteer support from transgenders. They expect LGB people to fund them and volunteer for them even while they focus on heterosexual crossdresser issues.

    I plan to call them tomorrow to tell them that this gay donor ($200 last year) is done. The best thing LGB people can do to safeguard our movement and to make sure that its priorities stay intact is to stop funding groups that care more about crossdressing and sex change operations than gay civil rights.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 24, 2013 7:15:57 PM

  5. f*ck em. srsly, they are useless anyway. they will be just as useless for the transgenders or transsexuals or whatever they are called now. lets support effective gay orgs and withhold money to these money grubbers who do nothing and who focus on other issues.

    Posted by: calandra | Mar 24, 2013 7:47:58 PM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 24, 2013 7:49:20 PM


    If anyone other gay people hate trannys as much as I do please add me on facebook.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 24, 2013 7:52:41 PM

  8. How quickly the dregs of our community forget who was right there helping pave the way at Stonewall.......

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2013 8:02:39 PM

  9. Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay!
    Lesbian Lesbian Lesbian Lesbian Lesbian! There - I said the forbidden words. On a related note, the National Center for Transgender Equality has announced that it is changing its name to ... just kidding.

    Posted by: niles | Mar 24, 2013 8:18:37 PM

  10. The transphobes are really out in force on this board.

    Just rememebr fellas, you can butch it to the max but as far as the Republican party is concerned you's just a faggot.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 24, 2013 8:28:27 PM

  11. @Little Kiwi aka Raymond Miller of Toronto:

    You posted a comment under my name, and then you linked to a FB page that isn't mine. You are not only dishonest in posting under my name, but you are essentially calling on people to harass someone who isn't me. I hope the guy whose FB you linked to sues you.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 24, 2013 8:38:34 PM

  12. what on earth are you talking about? take your meds.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 24, 2013 8:48:27 PM

  13. @Little Kiwi aka Raymond Miller of Toronto:

    If you had taken 30 seconds to look at that guy's FB page, you would see that he identifies as "LGBTQ" which is exactly what I oppose. Like a true vigilante coward, you tried to get other people to harass him.

    Now maybe I will go to his FB page and let him know who is responsible. Maybe he is from Toronto and the 2 of you can settle your differences in person . . .

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 24, 2013 9:00:13 PM

  14. Wow. The hate and intolerance in some of these comments is disgusting; how ironic is it that these are the exact same feelings that we in the LG&B communities must combat in order to gain equal rights from society at large...

    Let us take a collective step back and evaluate who our real enemies are in this fight, and who, in fact, are our allies. And may we not forget that all of our rights are inextricably bound together; oppression anywhere is oppression everywhere.

    Posted by: E | Mar 24, 2013 9:01:15 PM

  15. This change is a lovely welcoming gesture.
    And Bill, you have been posting anti-trans garbage for a while now. I clicked on that link and sure enough there's anti-trans stuff on that facebook profile. So if there's some other anti-trans gay man named Bill Perdue that's a heckuva coincidence.

    Posted by: Shannon | Mar 24, 2013 9:02:32 PM

  16. Thank you, E!
    It's amazing that some people who claim to know what it's like to be discriminated against are so quick to encourage and condone discrimination against others.

    Posted by: Shannon | Mar 24, 2013 9:18:06 PM

  17. Shannon, I am proud of everything I post about the disgusting efforts by trans activists to transjack the gay movement.

    There isn't anything anti-trans on that guy's FB that I can see. But even if there were, it doesn't matter. I am telling Kiwi that that is not my FB and he is responsible for whatever happens to that guy as the result of his posting it here.

    And it will be very easy for this guy to locate Kiwi, who is all over the internet and hold him accountable through law enforcement.

    I am not on FB as a matter of principle. I don't like the company, which invades privacy and hires a Republican as its top lawyer.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 24, 2013 9:23:08 PM

  18. Oh I'm sure we all believe you because you sound like a perfectly sane and rational human being. I get that you hate Kiwi and transpeople. Maybe you need to stay off the internet entirely. You've added nothing of worth and are continuing to come across as increasingly disturbed.

    Why are you so upset that GLAAD will be making a move to include transpeople in their mission statement? Acting like supporting transpeople harms you is like those people who say that gays marrying harms straight marriages.

    Posted by: Shannon | Mar 24, 2013 9:30:32 PM

  19. I'm pretty sure transjack isn't a word. And I'm pretty sure you're not sane or trustworthy. Why are you so upset by this story? How does including transgendered people hurt gay people? Next you'll be saying extending marriage rights to gay couples harms straight couples.

    Posted by: Shannon | Mar 24, 2013 9:36:21 PM

  20. Transjack is as much of a word as transgender. It conveys an idea. Google it.

    The reason I am upset is because the gay and trans are 2 different things. Lumping them together has been a disaster for LGBs.

    We have a gay rights movement and it is proper for that movement to include all people with a same-sex sexual orientation, i.e., lesbians, gays and bisexuals. Transgender was added witout any debate or any consideration as to whether it makes logical sense.
    It was imposed on us. We have lost ENDA because of it. We have lost many local battles because of it. And now, our organizations, which are funded and staffed by LGBs, are going to divert their attention from their mission to pursue issues of concern to people who are largely heterosexual. It is wrong. It is a violation of LGBs right to self-determination.

    And BTW, the transgenders have their own groups that focus only on T issues. No one ever complains that this is homophobic or exclusionary. The obligation to be inclusive only applies to LGBs. And to add insult to injury, those T-only groups expect LGBs to fund them too.

    I have no problem with being allies with transgenders on certain issues, but taking over our name and our movement and relabeling it was wrong and needs to be fought.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 24, 2013 9:57:47 PM

  21. And let me add one final thing to this little twerp Cruz who purports to speak for me (and who is making a sweet salary - apparently acting jobs have dried up). If the words Gay and Lesbian are not welcome in your organization's title or mission statement, then you and the other PC-obsessed, Hollywood b*tt kissers in your farce of a group can KISS MY GAY *SS!

    Posted by: niles | Mar 24, 2013 10:11:02 PM

  22. @JP: I agree it is weird for an org to continue their former acronym. But it happens all the time. GLAAD is not alone in this regard. Think of the term "NAACP", much preferred compared to its full title (which retains some antiquated phrasing).

    Or consider AT&T. It once stood for American Telegraph and Telephone company. Meanwhile, telegraphs haven't existed for like thousands of years.

    Or another example closer to your own initials: JPMC (J Pierpont Morgan & Co, later JPM, which merged with Chase to make JPMC). They haven't had its original namesake there for about a hundred years.

    Posted by: Billy | Mar 24, 2013 10:49:04 PM

  23. So they are expanding the name to include heterosexuals who happened to be trans. That is nice. We have to make understand heterosexuals they have to accept heterosexuals. And doing it from a platform that cries “I’m different to you, respect my difference”. Well, gays and lesbians are just heterosexuals who didn’t take the surgery step, everyone knows that. Or so someone could think of. The most advanced phase is total assimilation.

    Now that we are big enough and known enough, gay and lesbians could have their own identity and voice, supporting of others but not confused with.

    Posted by: IdentityNOTidentical | Mar 24, 2013 10:54:57 PM

  24. Where can we give money so that it will be used for gay rights only? I like the idea of not giving any more to these groups that take our money and then use it for other things and causes. If these groups want to work on trans issues then they can get money from trans people.

    Posted by: Marcus | Mar 25, 2013 12:01:36 AM

  25. As someone assigned male at birth, who identifies as a lesbian and is in the process of transitioning to be able to live full time as a woman, this makes me happy.

    Seeing all the transphobic comments, however, is disheartening.

    On one hand, I can understand the desire to distinguish LGB on its own, and make sure that your donations are fighting for gay rights and not being used on things that don't relate to you, and I respect that. A good number of transgender people are straight, and you may say that they don't deserve the aid of LGB organizations, but you also have to remember that a lot of the world doesn't see/accept them as being straight, no matter what gender they identify as.

    On the other hand, I feel all happy inside when I see different groups of gender-and-sexuality-nonconforming people helping each other out. I'm a firm believer in the LGBTQIA banner.

    Posted by: Kevin | Mar 25, 2013 1:11:18 AM

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