The media plays a critical role in how the public thinks and acts around any given subject, but this is especially the case around stories impacting transgender people.
It is suffice to say many trans people feel let down, misrepresented or outright insulted by mainstream media coverage over the years often through the perpuation of myths, stereotypes and divisive or incorrect language. Failure to handle such stories correctly results in real-world consequences
So how do you begin to correct your bad practices or unhelpful habits? The Trans Journalists Association provides a trans style guide for newsrooms, including guidance for improving trans coverage, terms and phrases to avoid (with alternatives), and a glossary of terms so your reporting is totally inclusive and accurate. Dive in and clue up.