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. "GLAAD Announces Sarah Kate Ellis as President" by Reynolds, Daniel on <>. Published 2013-11-25 by The Advocate. (no backup information provided)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "About GLAAD" on <>. Published 2022 by GLAAD. (no backup information provided)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "GLAAD Affirms Commitment To Trans and Bi People, Alters Name" by Peeples, Jase on The Advocate. Published 2013-03-24. (Archived on 2013-03-27)
  4. "How The Times Gave 'Gay' Its Own Voice (Again)" by Dunlap, David on <>. Published 2017-06-19 by The New York Times. (no backup information provided)
  5. "Charity Nagivator - Rating for GLAAD Inc." on <>. Published 2019 by Charity Navigator. (no backup information provided)