What I hope to achieve.

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There has been a lot of debate these last 24 hours about the aims of the Vigil against Transphobia on Thursday. First off, it’s a vigil, not a braying mob demanding unachievable things.

 

 

I want a palpable change in the way trans people are represented in the press and media. I want an actual commitment from leading members of the media agreeing that they will never again publish transphobic views. I want the media to stop devaluing and undermining trans people. I want them to recognise that publishing negative and transphobic articles translates into how we are treated by members of the public and sometimes this leads to physical violence against people who do not fit within the gender binary. Things have to change and they have to change sooner rather than later.

 

 

I am tired. Tired of over and over again reading about a trans person being dragged through the national press, just because they face no other choice than to transition and try and live their life as best they can. Someone transitioning is not news, no matter what their job or role in life is, thousands of people do it and I just don’t see why the press sees fit to spread mis-information about them. They publish ‘before and after’ photos, birth names, imply that their chosen gender is not ‘true’. They complain about the cost to the taxpayer when the reality is that a lifetime of denying ones own identity and all the emotional and physical strain that comes with it is an even bigger cost to mental health services and society as a whole. The media ignores the discriminatory way the medical profession often treats trans folk, ask yourself why there has been no coverage of the #TransDocFail debate? Because the press couldn’t care less about trans people unless they can use us as a ‘look at this weirdo’ type story. I want the press to take us seriously.

 

 

20 years ago gay peoples identities were undermined by the press, their orientation was said to be a choice rather than just who they are, in almost the exact same way the media is treating trans folk today. Gay people fought for acceptance and better representation, these days exposés ‘outing’ a gay person is a thing of the past, you would never read an article in the mainstream press implying that a gay person is a pervert, a deviant or flat out denying their existence, and precisely this is what I want for trans people.

 

It’s not like I’m asking for much is it?

 

 

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3 thoughts on “What I hope to achieve.

  1. Emily Scott

    The press need to start treating Transsexuals and Transvestites with respect,or Laws will have to be put in place to prevent the press from bullying us.

  2. Phil R

    I think the law should be protecting Transsexuals and Transvestites more then do already in a respect to bullying more so online on social networking sites EG Facebook,Twitter I have fallen victim to this on one occasion of which I thought my local police deal with what they called acoordingly.Also they ought to work far more closly with housing asociatins councils etc where housing is involved like it is where I live where we have a tenant and his female partner who have it in for me and try to bully me for what I am and for what I do behind my own front door.Although I have been told by the housing and the police as we live in communal areas in corridors etc and gardens etc which are covered by CCTV that I got the right to go where I want and how I want to be dressed in the vicinity of my block where I live without no harm or aggrevation from other tenants.So far nothing has been done about this tenants actions towards me when I am dressed.It makes you wonder whether or not the local police and my housing association are bothered to help me out to and deal with this unruly tenant to prevent incidents like this happening again.

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