This week is both anti-bullying week and transgender awareness week, so some newspapers have chosen to celebrate both by, er, bullying transgender people (see my previous post). I’m not going to get into the arguments or unpick the bullshit — Alex Sharpe does a superb job of that here.
I’m just going to share a trans person’s tweet I saw yesterday.
So I’m sat on the train and there are four people reading The Sun and two with the Daily Fail in my eyeline… I’ve moved seats! No wonder trans people feel bombarded. #caniliveonthemoon?
Imagine starting your day by seeing six people in the same carriage as you holding newspapers that are doing their damnedest to stir up prejudice against you.
LGB people, muslims and non-EU citizens will recognise the feeling.
And the supposedly grown-up papers aren’t any better: The Times appears to be obsessed with trans people of late, often taking the side of religious evangelicals, while the Telegraph gives space to people like Norman Tebbit, who claimed that gay marriage would lead to him marrying his son.
It’s disproportionate, it’s relentless and it’s causing a great deal of distress for no good reason. And it’s getting worse.
To be trans in the current media climate is to constantly swim in poisoned water. No wonder so many of us end up feeling sick.