Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
It is time for journalists and media outlets to cover the transgender community with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
For too long, we have allowed the media to disregard the journalistic standard set out by the Associated Press and to continuously insult transgender people.
When Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning announced on August 22 that she is female, HRC called for journalists and officials to use her chosen name and refer to her with female pronouns.
Despite the fact that the Associated Press Style Guide states that when referring a transgender people, to “Use the Pronoun preferred by the individuals,” many renowned and respected outlets continued to use hurtful phrases and contrived confusion over pronouns.
Private Manning's story is an opportunity for the media to do a better job of telling the story of everyday transgender people who are simply trying to live their lives.
The media has the opportunity and the responsibility to improve its reporting and accurately reflect the lives of transgender people.