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Reporters and researchers:
Email the Transgender Law and Policy Institute or phone a TLPI board member at 917-686-7663 or at 415-595-2125 and we will get you in touch with a litigator or advocate who works directly in this area for a non-profit advocacy organization or with an academic (law school professors and political scientists) knowledgeable about transgender law and policy. These law and policy experts will provide you with background information on discrimination against transgender people, trends in litigation and legislation affecting transgender people, comments on recent court cases, updates on legislation protecting transgender people, and suggestions for other people and organizations to talk to.
November 2006--New York, NY--New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is considering a rule change that would allow transgender people born in NYC to have their birth certificates amended. For more information, vist the FAQ on the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's site here. The information about the hearing, and the proposed policy, is here. To talk to a TLPI Board member and one of the trans health / policy experts on the Department of Health Advisory Committee that developed the recommendations, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-686-7663.
Style Guide for Covering Transgender People
The Associated Press Stylebook recommendations for covering transgender people, under "sex changes" in the 2000 edition:
"Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics (by hormone therapy, body modification, or surgery) of the opposite sex and present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.
If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly."
Covering Hate Crimes, GLAAD.
Transgender Glossary of Terms, from GLAAD 2002 Media Reference Guide
Suggestions for Fair, Accurate & Inclusive Coverage of Transgender People and Issues, from GLAAD
National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Stylebook Supplment on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Terminology
September 5, 2003--Stupid trans media tricks: From birth names to pronouns, from invisible FTMs to the constant barrage of MTF sex workers, fair and balanced its not. By Gwendolyn Smith here.
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Last edited: 11/07/2006