The false story about Ian Huntley caused immeasurable pain to the trans community

Accuracy, in the end, is the primary measure by which journalism is judged

Will Gore@willjgore
Friday 15 February 2019 02:04

Media reporting about trans people has changed significantly in the past two decades. In the early years of the 21st century, the most likely story to feature a trans person would almost certainly appear in a Sunday tabloid, probably focus on some sort of sexual encounter and definitely deploy all sorts of highly inappropriate terminology.

The most gratuitous of these examples might – just might – be in the past. Changing social mores, the shifting face of the news industry and a greater understanding of the discrimination faced by trans communities have all had positive impacts.

But only up to a point.

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