Kellie Maloney, a former boxing promoter announced in 2014 that she would be transitioning medically from male to female. At the time, media was incredibly insensitive in covering transgender issues. For the most part things have gotten a tiny bit better, but this week the Daily Star took a major step backwards with its callus headline announcing Maloney had, “gone for the chop.”
As a society, we don’t expect much from tabloid journalism, but this time the paper has gone too far. Many in the LGBTQ community were quick to call the paper out.
From transgender author Juno Dawson:
It’s curious that the media is keen to paint trans people as some sort of fictional sexual threat when, in fact, our bodies, and particularly genitals, are publicly scrutinised without our consent. This sort of journalism is plain naff .
Zane Robinson of the LGBT Foundation had this to say:
Turning personal transition stories into ‘shock’ headlines and articles such as this can make people feel it is okay to know very intimate details about a trans person and their body.
Womanhood is not just based on what body parts a person has, and saying that Ms. Maloney is only now ‘all woman’ takes away from the 56 years prior that she expressed her struggles with her gender identity and the six years she has already been out as a woman and transitioning.
I wish the British press would stop being so openly transphobic. As we mark 30 years since the implementation of #Section28 it’s important for everyone to remember how awful it can be to be constantly attacked. Stand up for trans people! This is disgusting from the Daily Star pic.twitter.com/Tq95KN71ol
— Declan Williams (@declanewilliams) May 24, 2018