Two Transgender Employees Of The Guardian Have Quit Over Its “Transphobic” Reporting
…Her resignation marks a flashpoint in what multiple sources at the Guardian have described to BuzzFeed News as a deepening internal war over the rights of transgender people â€“ and how the organisation reports on them. Staff members across several departments accused the paper of â€œinstitutional transphobiaâ€, peddling transphobic tropes, and allowing a bitter schism to develop between pro- and anti-trans journalists.
…Many at the paper who share her concerns told BuzzFeed News that the internal divisions over trans rights have resulted in face-to-face rows in the office, a widening rift between the UK and US offices (which is largely populated by pro-trans writers), and moves against staff who protest against transphobia. All of which, sources said, is affecting morale.
As the story notes, the paper’s editorial stance has also persuaded high-profile trans columnists to refuse further commissions and moved staff to make formal complaints about the framing and language used in coverage of trans-related issues.
The Guardian and [sister title] Observer have in previous years run opinion columns using language such as â€œtranniesâ€, â€œshemalesâ€, â€œman in a dressâ€, â€œdicks in chicksâ€™ clothingâ€ and articles that have argued that â€œsex change surgery is modern-day aversion therapyâ€ â€“ equating transition, which is elective and saves lives, to electric shocks to â€œcureâ€ homosexuality, which is state-sponsored torture.
The Guardian is quick to condemn other newspapers’ shameful coverage of minorities, but it appears to be throwing stones from inside a glass house.