The much discussed Leveson Inquiry has, understandably, received a great deal of media attention in the past few days but one thing you may not have heard about is the section of the 2000 page report in which newspapers are criticised for the way they sometimes talk about the LGBT community. Lord Leveson, who says that LGBT people should be allowed to take action against derogatory news coverage, highlights that transgender people are at a much higher risk of being mistreated by the press.
The report states that there is 'disturbing and intrusive reporting of transgender and intersex issues by parts of the press' and that some newspapers treat trans people as though they are 'deserving of parody'.
'There has been a significant tendency within the press which leads to
the publication of prejudicial or pejorative references to race,
religion, gender, sexual orientation or physical or mental illness or
disability... That failure has, in the main, been limited to a section of the press
and may well stem from an undue focus on seeking to reflect the views
(even if unsuccessfully) of a particular readership.'