Monday, September 29, 2008

Here We Go Again-Another TV Station Gets The Pronouns Wrong


This time it happened in Sacramento, CA

http://cbs13.com/local/transgender.body.american.2.825151.html

Do any of you peeps even bother to read the AP Stylebook?


Transgender Man's Death Has Gay Community On Alert
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― The gay community is on alert this morning after the body of a transgendered man was pulled from the American River over the weekend.

The body of a transgender man was found Sunday.

Police aren't sure if this was a hate crime. They're waiting for autopsy results to learn more.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center is sending out emails, warning people to be careful in the area.

(© MMVIII, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)


Now per TransGriot policy, the story as it should have been written per AP Stylebook guidelines.

Transwoman's Death Has Gay Community On Alert


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― The gay community is on alert this morning after the body of a transwoman was pulled from the American River over the weekend.

The body of a transwoman was found Sunday.

Police aren't sure if this was a hate crime. They're waiting for autopsy results to learn more.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center is sending out emails, warning people to be careful in the area.

6 comments:

Mykell said...

Wow, when I originally read the article, I thought it was about an FTM! Complete lack of respect aside, the article is awful because it's confusing.

Monica Roberts said...

What I also forgot to mention was once again, it was a transgender person of color who was dissed.

The person was Latina.

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there!

This is so sad.

I do not understand why the reporters can NOT get this right!

When I am in a non-trans community and I am referring to a trans person, I use the person's name and do not refer to the person with pronouns because I have noticed over and over again that it is confusing to those persons who just can not see a transperson as being the gender that is presented. I have seen transwomen who are still being referred to by male pronouns - by MEN and WOMEN!

I have seen transmen who are still being referred to by female pronouns - by MEN and WOMEN!

They just can not will not and do not see the gender that is being presented.

It's tiring.

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
Lisa

Dale said...

Her name is Ruby Molina. She was in transition MtF and was only 22 years old.

The local newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, hedged about her gender in its first headline, referring to her as a "transgender person". But its most recent article (just posted) still gets stuff wrong. At least it has a photo of her.

Monica Roberts said...

Dale,
Thanks for the heads up.

I ask again, is it that farcking hard for the media to respectfully report on transgender individuals.

Victor said...

Unfortunately, the Mexican government do not let transgenders or transsexuals change their name when they are in the process of transition and that applies to everything, passport, consular card, etc.... In the other hand, transgenders with valid immigration papers can change their born name only if they meet certain requirements but its only in the United States. For those who live here illegal they have to go by their nick names and never are able to change their born name.