A culmination of factors appear at play. Some point to the antiquated ideologies of a generation of journalists and publishers who have dominated the mainstream media. Others say itâ€™s intrinsically linked to political leaders who have failed to denounce hate. No matter its origins, this rampant transphobia has become a nationâ€™s accepted bigotry.
The article rightly points out that the disproportionate influence wielded by a few well-connected people has been a significant factor.
Media in the U.K. has long been white, wealthy and interconnected, and itâ€™s within these circles especially that transphobia has â€œbecome very fashionable,â€ Jane Fae says. The chair of Trans Media Watch, a charity that advocates for better press coverage, Fae points to Ian Katz as an example: During his stints at the Guardian newspaper, BBC and Channel 4, each publication saw a rise in transphobic coverage. Katz is married to Justine Roberts, founder and CEO of Mumsnet, a website thatâ€™s become a hotbed of British TERFs. As writer Laurie Penny explains, â€œThe ecosystem of liberal media and left-wing activism is smaller and more quarrelsome in Britain than it is in America, and a lot of people know each other, and a lot of [transphobia in media] comes down to in-group loyalty and personal drama.â€