In light of your repeated failures when reporting on news stories involving transgender individuals, I would like to bring to your attention a recent story found on a college basketball blog, of all places. The post can be found here. As you read through the story you will notice some things that the author does rather effortlessly:
- uses the correct pronouns consistently, all the way through
- never refers to the individual's "real" or "actual" sex or gender
- recounts the individual's history in a respectful way that situates the person in his relationship with gender without making it salacious or sensationalizing his story
- positively notes the respectful way that the individual's school has responded to him
- never suggests that the individual has some sort of political or sexual agenda motivating his gender transition
- talks about the individual's feelings about his original gender assignment in a straight-forward way that encourages compassion and preserves his dignity.
I propose that this approach could serve as a model to guide you in your coverage of news stories involving transgender people. Just think of them as humans, and treat them with the kind of respect that you want to be treated with. I promise you, it's not that hard.
Thank you for your time,