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Covering trans issues: Transgender Europe’s tips for journalists

Published on 2017-11-16

Transgender Europe has created a ‘Guide for Journalists‘ booklet for covering stories about, or stories which affect, trans people in a fair and respectful manner.

The aim of the guide is to make terminology more clear to journalists, so that they do not resort to over-simplifications, sensationalist arguments, stereotypes or inaccurate reporting.

The guide includes a glossary of words to use when reporting on transgender individuals or issues, explains key themes and identities, and gives examples of good and bad reporting in practice.

Guidelines include:

  • using the correct pronouns for transgender individuals
  • not using “before and after” narratives
  • and not focusing on medical transition processes if they are not directly relevant to the story.

On November 20th, it is also the annual Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), when the transgender community grieves for transgender people who have lost their lives due to hate-motivated violence. Transgender Europe have also released “tips for journalists” on covering TDoR.

These include contextualising many types of violence affecting transgender individuals, covering positive stories of transgender individuals too, and featuring local transgender individuals or organisations in coverage.

The organisation GLAAD, which fights for LGBTQ acceptance, has also released a ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance Resource Kit for Journalists‘, suggesting that journalists also follow up on local unsolved cases of violence towards trans people, and cover events.

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