Transgender 101 for Journalists

A simple guide for journalists, reporters, and editors; words and phrases to avoid, alternatives to use instead, how to avoid undermining journalistic integrity through misreporting the gender of a source, and a glossary of useful definitions.

Best Practice

Much like ascertaining correct spelling for an unusual name, or giving the correct job title, using correct pronouns for sources is essential for maintaining journalistic integrity. A policy to confirm the pronouns of every source is the best way to maximise the accuracy and credibility of the news outlet. It also helps to create a culture of respect for trans people, making it safer for trans people to engage with the media. This means that a diversity of trans perspectives can be present in news media more often.

Definitions

Stop Misgendering Us: Trans Activist Demands Media Use Correct Pronouns for Trans People