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Tell Me Why, a new game revealed today at the @xbox #X019 celebration in London, promises to set a new standard for transgender representation in gaming. This gripping narrative adventure from DONTNOD Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios will be the first game from a major studio to feature a playable transgender lead character. Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Representation, has worked alongside DONTNOD and Xbox Game Studios from early in the game’s development to bring this authentic trans character to life. He said, "Tyler is a fully-realized, endearing character, whose story is not reduced to simplistic trans tropes. Creating a playable lead trans character – and taking such care to get it right – raises the bar for future LGBTQ inclusion in gaming.” Trans actor @augustsinsta plays Tyler in the game.
Hi everyone! My name is Schuyler Bailar (@pinkmantaray) and I am the first transgender man to compete on an NCAA D1 men's team. I just graduated from college in May and now I work as a professional public speaker and advocate for diversity and inclusion, body positivity, and mental health. Today begins Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19), dedicated annually to raise awareness about the trans community. This year, I will be taking over @GLAAD’s Instagram to help launch #TRANSLOVESTORIES. We as a community face hardship and discrimination on a daily basis which are often the only stories people, including us, hear and see. But this grief and pain does not mean there is not also love. Because there is. There is such immense, vast, deep, intense, life-changing love in this world for us. For trans kids, adults, for those of us brand new on our journeys and those further along. There are so many allies out there standing with us and fighting for us—I know because I’ve traveling the country meeting them. And there are so many more folks who don’t know what it means to be an ally, but are hungry to understand and support. They just need the resources. I invite you to join in sharing your #TRANSLOVESTORIES, remembering love comes in every form. You do not have to be in a relationship to have a trans love story. I am not dating anyone! And I have so many trans love stories to share. There are all kinds of loves that are not romantic, though those are great too. Parents, friends, teachers, coaches, teammates, chosen family, pets, and of course: self-love. For those who think there is no love for them, let these #TransLoveStories posts be a reminder that there is--from and for all of us. Today on @GLAAD’s story and over the next week on my account (@pinkmantaray), I will be sharing some of my favorite examples of #TRANSLOVESTORIES. I hope you will join me and share yours. — #transgender #trans #transman #transisbeautiful #transweek #transawareness.
It’s Transgender Awareness Week! During #TransWeek we raise the visibility of and celebrate transgender people everywhere. Learn more at the link in our bio.
Pedro Zamora died 25 years ago today. His appearance on @mtv’s “The Real World” helped shift the national conversation around HIV and AIDS. We owe so much to him telling his story. ❤️
On #VeteransDay today we honor all of those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country especially our transgender troops. After President Trump proposed a ban on transgender service members more than two years ago, GLAAD began amplifying the stories of brave transgender service members. We have also been working with filmmakers and cast of the groundbreaking documentary @transmilitary. The film walked away with a coveted Audience Award at South by Southwest, received a Special Recognition Award at the GLAAD Media Awards, and was broadcast on Logo last year.
Yesterday we hosted a #GLAADinstitute training in NYC, equipping advocates with the tools they need to tell their stories and accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. 🔧🔨⚙️🏳️🌈
Our annual Where We Are on TV report is out today and it shows TV is telling more LGBTQ stories than ever. What LGBTQ TV character makes you feel seen? Leave a comment and let us know. #RepresentationMatters
We were so honored to be at the unveiling of @rubemrobierbart’s sculpture “Dandara” from his “Dream Machine Series” – which is dedicated to the transgender and gender non-conforming community. Each sculpture in this series is named after someone who lived and died fighting for their own dreams, or the dreams of others. This particular sculpture honors the life of Dandara, a transgender woman who lost her life to violence in 2017 at age 42. Our friend @peppermint247 was at the event to make some powerful remarks.
If you use the @DonateaPhoto app by Johnson & Johnson, you’re in luck! Why’s that? Well, today they’re having a ⚡️SURGE⚡️ for us, which means you can donate up to 10 photos in the Donate a Photo app to GLAAD. And if you don’t already have the app, it’s a good time to download it and give it a try. Donate a Photo is one of the easiest ways to make a huge difference for LGBTQ youth across the country.
GLAAD President and CEO @sarahkateellis responded to this news and said, “Children should never be denied the opportunity to join a stable, loving family – even if that means the family is LGBTQ. Research has shown LGBTQ families provide the same kind of love, protection, and support as other families, and no child should be denied that kind of environment. The Trump Administration has once again demonstrated how they prefer to prioritize the gross work of anti-LGBTQ activists over the safety and well-being of our children.”
Last weekend, our partners at the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan co-organized Taiwan Pride, the first in the country since marriage equality became the law of the land. The evening before, the country's first Trans Pride drew a crowd of more than 2000. Photo credits: 2019 Taiwan LGBT Pride and Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association.
Thank you to the @twobootspizza team for sponsoring our monthly GLAAD Unplugged sessions, which gives our staff the opportunity to take some time to relax and unwind. We’re so excited about the new Two Boots West Village, which is actually in the building that housed the famous lesbian bar The Duchess Club. @alisonbechdel once said of The Duchess, “There was a lot of routine anti-gay hostility on the street, but then you’d step past the bouncer at the Duchess, and you were home free." The West Village home pie is named after the historic bar. Two Boots photo by Kate Previte. The Duchess Club photo from: Lesbian Herstory Archives.
A week ago we called for Sevier County, Tennessee Commissioner Hurst to apologize for these unacceptable and ridiculous remarks. He hasn't. Click the link in our bio to add your name to @tnequality’s petition protesting Hurst's divisive words and calling for policy change in Sevier County.