NCTE has three primary goals in terms of media coverage of transgender people and our issues.
- Promoting fair, sensitive, accurate and respectful coverage of transgender people.
- Providing resources to journalists.
- Working with allies and journalists to assure positive protrayals of transpeople in the media.
Please contact NCTE with questions about how to more accurately and appropriately report on transgender people.
For comments and referrals to experts, please contact:
Vincent Paolo Villano, Director of Communications
Tips for Journalists
Name and Pronoun Usage
The Associated Press Style Book (2011 Edition) says:
Reporters should "use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth. If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly."
New York Times Style Book (2005) says:
"Cite a person's transgender status only when it is pertinent and its pertinence is clear to the reader. Unless a former name is newsworthy or pertinent, use the name and pronouns (he, his, she, her, hers) preferred by the transgender person. If no preference is known, use the pronouns consistent with the way the subject lives publicly.
Download GLAAD's Media Reference Guide to learn more.