For Media Representatives
The media plays a very large role in educating the public. If you are a reporter or journalist covering queer issues and interviewing queer people it is imperative that you represent them accurately and fairly. If you aren't sure how they identify or what their pronouns are you should ask politely.
Speaking at the annual American Copy Editor's Society Conference in March 2017, University of Michigan English professor Anne Curzan, an expert on gender and language stated, "People have been worried this language [English] will fall apart for a long time. It's not going to fall apart."
The main purpose of this document is to assist professionals to communicate clearly, consistently and respectfully about issues faced by the trans, genderqueer, and intersex community of Saskatchewan.
GLAAD's Media Reference Guide is intended to be used by journalists reporting for mainstream media outlets and by creators in entertainment media who want to tell our stories fairly and accurately. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive glossary of language used within the LGBT community, nor is it a prescriptive guide for LGBT people. Journalists realize that LGBT people have the right to fair, accurate and inclusive reporting of their stories and their issues, and GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, now in its ninth edition, offers tools they can use to tell our stories in ways that bring out the best in journalism.
In 2017 The AP Stylebook was updated to include new definitions for gender, homophobia, and more. It was also updated to include the use of they/them as a singular pronoun!
The Diversity Style Guide is a resource to help journalists and other media professionals cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity. This guide, a project of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University, brings together definitions and information from more than two dozen style guides, journalism organizations and other resources.
The guide contains more than 700 terms related to race/ethnicity, disability, immigration, sexuality and gender identity, drugs and alcohol, and geography. You can browse the stylebook by letter or by category using one of the topic glossaries in the drop-down menu above. Or you can look up a term in the search box below.