On the flip side of the issue, media outlets tend to shy away from the subject altogether, rather than addressing it head-on. Many refer to a transgendered person as the physical gender that that person currently identifies with at the time of the story. Either that or they use gender-neutral pronouns. The latter seems to be the stance the majority of organizations are favoring. This is because, as they stated in the article, they don’t want to confuse readers, especially if it is someone who is famous or well-known within the news realm. It is a matter of providing continuity for their readers. They also don’t want to push buttons, as it is a controversial topic that has only recently come to light. It is their ethical duty to provide fluent and trustworthy news to their readers, so it is a topic that can be argued both ways.
News media should not quietly tiptoe around the subject either. Using gender-neutral pronouns is pretty much a cop out. It’s a progressive century now, and the media needs to get with it. This article explains how violence inflicted on persons of the transgender community is worsened by the damage caused when reporters don’t specify the gender the victim slain identified with. It is belittling, especially in death, to not correctly identify the victim the way the victim would have wanted to have been identified as and, ultimately, remembered. Journalists have come a long way since the foundations of journalism, but there’s still work to be done. This website provides a great way for journalists to become more progressive in this controversial area.