This week I was moved to complain to the BBC, for the first and only time in my life. The subject of the complaint was BBC News’ atrocious coverage of the case of Chelsea (née Bradley) Manning.
Even in the very article where they reported her decision to come out as a trans woman, BBC journalists continued to refer to her as “Bradley” and with the male pronouns “he/him/his”, against her express wishes. It is hardly difficult for news agencies to refer to trans people by their self-identified name and gender: The Guardian is getting it right, as are many other news sources. There is no excuse for the BBC’s decision to misgender her.
Respecting her gender identity is the very least we can do, for a woman who is now facing the horror of a 35-year sentence in a military prison as retribution for exposing gross human rights abuses
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