Anderson Live Airs Sensationalized Segment on Transgender Individual
September 13, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Today in an exclusive interview on Anderson Live, transgender individual Mandi claims Finasteride, a drug commonly used in anti-baldness treatments, caused her to become transgender.
HRC works tirelessly to educate the public on the issues that transgender people face. We deplore the airing of an episode that lends credence to sensational claims, in addition to spreading false information about a marginalized population.
“In the past, Anderson Cooper and his team have earned a great deal of respect from trans people for their coverage of our issues. Tomorrow, they’ll throw all of that away. Worst of all, they seem set on misinforming the public about the causality of trans identity, ” the National Center of Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said in a statement.