GLAAD and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) Call on Boston Herald to Apologize for Offensive Coverage of Transgender People
July 11, 2008 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
are encouraging people to contact the Boston Herald and ask editors to
apologize for the paper’s offensive slurs and sensationalistic coverage
of transgender people.
On July 7, the paper posted an
article online about a police operation headlined “Undercover ‘john’
takes on trannies, pimps” and focused on a Boston-area detective who
goes undercover to arrest sex workers. The article repeatedly referred
to transgender women as “trannies” and opened the story by describing
how the detective has been “trapped inside houses of ill repute by
giant naked trannies.” The article was also published in the July 8
Read the article here: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1105340
article repeatedly uses anti-transgender slurs and fails to treat its
subjects with basic human decency. These sorts of slurs should be
unacceptable in any credible news outlet to publish as quoted matter,
much less in a staff writer’s article.
GLAAD and MTPC
separately contacted the Boston Herald reporter, Jessica Van Sack, to
ask her to remove the defamatory terminology and descriptions from the
article and to offer suggestions and recommendations on how to cover
transgender people fairly. The reporter did not respond to calls or
emails. GLAAD and MTPC are encouraging people to contact the paper and let them know that this cheap, tabloid sensationalism is unacceptable.
contact the Boston Herald and call on them to issue an apology. Tell
them that they are failing to meet basic standards of journalistic
integrity and that they must remove the defamatory terminology and
references from the article.
Boston Herald Contacts:
Jessica Van Sack