GLAAD, founded on November 14, 1985[2] as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,[3] is a US non-government media monitoring organization.


GLAAD was originally formed in response to the "grossly defamatory and sensationalized HIV and AIDS coverage" by the New York Times, and through direct action, by 1987 had successfully persuaded The New York Times to "change its editorial policy and begin using the word 'gay'.[2] Prior to this, the New York Times' Manual of Style prohibited the term entirely, with the only acceptable word being "homosexual".[4]

In 2013, the organization officially changed its name from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to GLAAD. This change was made as part of a commitment to incorporate bisexual and transgender people more fully.[3]

As of 2019, GLAAD had an "exceptional" charity ranking, indicating that donors can "give with confidence" due to its high level of transparency and financial health.[5]

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  1. Reynolds, Daniel: "GLAAD Announces Sarah Kate Ellis as President" (2013-11-25). The Advocate.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "About GLAAD" (2022). GLAAD.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Peeples, Jase: "GLAAD Affirms Commitment To Trans and Bi People, Alters Name" (2013-03-24). The Advocate. (Archived on March 27, 2013).
  4. Dunlap, David: "How The Times Gave 'Gay' Its Own Voice (Again)" (2017-06-19). The New York Times.
  5. "Charity Nagivator - Rating for GLAAD Inc." (2019). Charity Navigator.