Don Sherfick

Bilerico gets GLAAD kudos in WTHR-TV transgender reporting controversy

Filed By Don Sherfick | January 28, 2009 8:18 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex

Bill and Jerame are at the Creating Change conference in Denver this week, and have asked me to "mind the store". (All of us make imperfect decisions once in a while.) In rummaging through their inboxI came across this piece from GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination) concerning Bil's role in getting WTHR-TV in Indianapolis to change its references to a transgender victim in a recent double homicide..

About a month ago Taysia Elzy, a transgender woman, and her partner were found murdered in their Northside Indianapolis home. When local news media began to identify Elzy by here male name, GLAAD and other local advocates, including Bil, contacted reporters to talk to them about how to report on transgender perople fairly and accurately. The Indianapolis Star got it right; WTHR-TV was a different story, It's reporter refused to follow Associated Press guidelines on referring to transgender persons. Bilerico carried these developments here, and GLAAD featured it in its "Best and Worst of National News" section. As a result of this and followup efforts, WTHR has revised its coverage to track AP guidelines. Good show, everyone!

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