Los Angeles CBS affiliate used ‘man in a dress’ headline for trans murder victim report

kcalTHE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — The headline of KCAL’s website report on the murder of a trans women referred to the victim as a ‘man in a dress’.  KCAL is a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles.

[From the KCAL website: CBS2/KCAL9 is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corp. and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country.]

The station did rewrite the headlines after it was first posted, but not before its misgendering  comments made its way around the internet. I spotted these doing a simple Google search on the murder victim.


“Transgender Man Found Murdered in his . . .”

“Suspect Sought In Murder of Fontana Man Dressed as a Woman”

Within the body of the report:

“The Coroner Wednesday identified a Fontana man who was found murdered in his apartment dressed in women’s clothing”.

To the station’s benefit, they did pull the offending headlines and apparently rewrote the report and included gender-correct or neutral terms and pronouns throughout the report. But they did not remove all traces of their blunder. You can view them below.


We’re not talking about a network affiliate in a mid-size town in a backward state. We’re talking Los Angeles. They need to get it right the first time.

I wrote about the Fontana murder earlier and you can read it here: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/web-reality-show-trans-woman-found-dead/


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Coroner Identifies Transgender Woman Found Murdered In Her Fontana Apartment « CBS Los Angeles.



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6 replies

  1. Don’t quote me, but thought you might find interestL: http://www.today.com/news/bradley-manning-i-want-live-woman-6C10974915

      Don Ennis ABC News Cell: 914-924-5430 don.ennis@abc.com don.ennis@yahoo.com  


  2. I don’t care if they rewrote the news script, it’s just too frigging late for that. The harm was done on the airwaves. That son of a bitch newscaster needs to eat some crow and come out publically and apologize to the transgender community for his insensitivity and brash display of bigotry.

  3. [transphobic comments deleted by moderator. We welcome all comments but please use correct gender pronouns.]

    • Actually she was an “actress” for a reality tv show. And as a transgender woman living in West Los Angeles TRUST there is plenty of discrimination.

    • Actually she was a film “actress” for a reality tv show. And as a transgender women living in West Los Angeles TRUST there is plenty of discrimination.

    • Frodo was arguing that she was a sex worker. At this point that statement is incorrect. However, trans people often have to do sex work after losing their jobs and getting shunned by family and society. They often don’t have an opportunity to get other jobs.

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