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July 20, 2014: More Media Misnomers

July 21, 2014

Another column about how the media handles stories about transgender people, particularly murder victims. This one was posted on TakePart.com: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/07/media-transgender-victims-violence?cmpid=tp-ptnr-upworthy.

It’s a travesty that the media can be so disrespectful of people with differences and not even respect transpeople who have died. But it’s encouraging that articles like this one and journalists like Adolfo Flores are taking action to set people straight on how to refer to transpeople. No one who has transitioned used to be a boy or a girl. They were assigned those genders at birth. They had no say in it. And now that they do have a say, they’re speaking up and expressing themselves as who they really are.

 

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