LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — “Sex-swap scientist gored by stag” read one UK tabloid headline after a noted Scotland scientist was hit in the neck at night by the antlers of a deer that had wandered into a yard.
Never mind that trans woman Kate Stone nearly died and was flown to a hospital to undergo 10 hours of surgery, the media went on a heyday, hell-bent on finding and publishing personal details of her previous life. Other headlines included “Deer spears sex-swap Kate” and “Sex swap scientist in fight for life” — the kind of sensationalism that led Stone to complain to the UK’s Press Complaints Commission (PCC).
Following the complaint and investigation, six newspapers admitted to violating the discrimination clause of the PCC editors’ code which states a person’s trans status should be avoided unless relevent to the story. All papers have since pulled their stories.
This may be a landmark ruling since a number of these papers (Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, the Sun, Scottish Sun, Daily Record and Daily Mirror) often or routinely exploit trans people. Now they are on record agreeing that their actions were inappropriate.
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