LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — In order to derail a transgender public accommodation ordinance being considered by the city of Cleveland, Ohio, a newspaper board turned to transphobia as their weapon of choice.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group (aka Cleveland.com) rallied their readers against trans rights with the same sort of hateful fear mongering normally found from the Christian right. While the latter are known to not let facts stand in their way, these editors have a bit of explaining to do.
From Media Matters:
Sharon Broussard: “I am not comfortable with a broad, gender-neutral bathroom ordinance that would make it easier for heterosexual men with criminal intent or just kinky habits to gain access to bathrooms used by women and children. And they are out there.”
Peter Krouse: “I don’t think opening up all bathrooms to both sexes is the answer. That would deny people, males and females, the privacy they deserve and possibly put them in uncomfortable or compromising situations. It could also create a fertile environment for predators to strike.”
Kevin O’Brien: “Just go by the external appearance of the plumbing the good Lord gave you and keep your “expressions” to yourself.”
My hat’s off to Media Matters for continuing to keep tabs all things transgender in the media.
My article from last year about the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s insulting coverage of trans people: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/04/30/udate2-cleveland-trans-woman-found-brutally-murdered-newspaper-hit-by-hrc-for-insulting-coverage/
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