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Join GLAAD in this free conversation, and the first of its kind, to discuss transgender and nonbinary representation within theatre writing for playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists, presented with support from The Dramatists Guild of America.

Wednesday, March 20

AST: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
EST: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
CST: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
MST: 11:00am - 1:00pm
PST: 10:00am -12:00pm
AKST: 9:00am -11:00am
HST: 8:00am - 10:00am

This presentation will offer basic educational insights from GLAAD about the transgender and nonbinary community including common terms, their definitions, a discussion on what it means to be trans, and the impact that stereotypes in media and theatre can have in real-world lives and scenarios.

This will be followed by a look at the ways in which the current canon of Broadway plays and musicals have portrayed (or failed to portray) trans and nonbinary characters onstage, as well as suggestions for how writers can authentically portray and cast trans and nonbinary characters in new work.

This presentation will be provided by Dana Aliya Levinson (she/they), Associate Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD, and Nick Adams, Vice President of the GLAADMedia Institute.

Note: The Dramatists Guild of America is first and foremost an organization that supports freedom of speech and expression for all theatre writers, regardless of content or approach. This discussion provided by GLAAD is offered to provide insights and tools to empower our members with context to consider in terms of how the stories we write hold power in wider societal conversations. This is part of our ongoing duty to provide resources and information for our membership to employ as they see fit.

Founded in 1985, GLAAD is a non-profit organization focused on LGBTQ advocacy and cultural change. GLAAD works to ensure fair, accurate, and inclusive representation and creates national and local programs that advance LGBTQ acceptance. Serving as a storyteller, media force, resource, and advocate, GLAAD tackles tough issues and provokes dialogue so that authentic LGBTQ stories are seen, heard, and actualized. GLAAD strives to protect all that has been accomplished and helps create a world where everyone can live the life they love.


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