Montreal Gazette, Canada
TURNING THE PAGE
Transgender Issues: How Would You Grade the Media?
July 26, 2012. 8:37 am • Section: Turning the Page
Posted by: Jillian Page
This post is for transgender people and for women and men “with
histories” (i.e. who have transitioned) . . .
As GLAAD meets with the New York Times to discuss their coverage of
trans-related subjects, perhaps it would be a good time for my readers
to talk here about how the mainstream media in general covers these
I’ve given my thoughts on this in the past — I think the media are
largely guilty of sensationalism with their use of the “transgender”
term, as witnessed by myriad headlines referring to Jenna Talackova as
a “transgender beauty queen” and “transgender woman” rather than
simply “a beauty queen” and “a woman.” And I think many media outlets
still don’t understand the pronoun issues, and still get it wrong.
I’ve also cautioned my readers about giving interviews to the media,
because although many outlets might do fair reports, they often fall
short on monitoring reader comments, leaving their trans subjects open
to all sorts of humiliating transphobic attacks.
Still, some media outlets are doing a good job — they are sensitive to
trans issues and pronouns . . .
What do you think? Do you trust the mainstream media when it comes to
trans issues? Are they doing a good job? Bad job?
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