Monday, April 27, 2009

Fighting Back Against Media Smears Of Transgender People

We have work to do in terms of getting respectful media coverage for Lateisha Green. The sooner she starts getting it the better chance Teish has of receiving justice.

Remember, potential jurors are being influenced by this drumbeat of disrespectful negative coverage.

First order of business is for you peeps in the Syracuse, NY area to call the local stations and RESPECTFULLY request that the stations follow the AP Stylebook Guidelines for reporting on transgender people. If you're not in the Syracuse area, you can do so as well, but local peeps do have more weight in this instance.

Remind them this is what the AP Stylebook states about covering transgender people:


Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.

If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.

You can also e-mail GLAAD to report media smears as well.

The e-mail address to do so is and when you do so, make sure you include the following:

*Your name and email address
*The city and state you reside in
*Your phone number (optional)
*Date of the incident
*Detailed description of the incident (please include weblinks if possible)

The GLAAD Media Reference Guide is online as well and can be downloaded as a PDF.

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