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Channel 4 signs agreement to treat transgender issues sensitively

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  1. OrtharRrith 15 Mar 2011, 1:31pm

    Outstanding! Well done TMW, and well done Channel 4 for agreeing and signing.

  2. Well done to Channel 4!

    This mostly makes up for their consistently referring to an F2M boy as “she” and several M2F girls as “he” in a trans documentary.

  3. Excellent.

  4. proudtrans 15 Mar 2011, 2:44pm

    This is really great news.

  5. Helen Wilson 15 Mar 2011, 2:50pm

    Lets see if the BBC has the guts to sign up! This fits the BBC’s public service remit perfectly.

    Well done TMW, keep up the good work.

  6. Samantha Moore 15 Mar 2011, 3:17pm

    Fantastic news

  7. Christine Beckett 15 Mar 2011, 3:24pm

    Well done indeed..!! :-)

    I’ve got a tenner says the BBC will be the last to sign up..

    Any takers?


    1. Liz Church 15 Mar 2011, 5:46pm

      Spend that tenner on TMW membership instead

    2. Rebecca Shaw 15 Mar 2011, 7:29pm

      Hi Chrissie – was going to take you up on that bet and then saw Christine’s post below. Mind you it’s not before time.

  8. The proof of the pudding sill be in the eating.

    I read “The broadcaster has also commissioned a research project to help it learn more about transgender people”

    I wonder if that project will be based on the legal or medical aspects pertaining to those who’s identity is not recognised by the doctrine of gender segregation?

  9. About bloody time something like this happened.

    They don’t get any brownie points from me though, being respectful and understanding of people is something that should be assumed of a media outlet.

  10. nice. though i’ll believe it when i see it

  11. Christine Burns 15 Mar 2011, 6:08pm

    Here is an interview clip with Channel 4’s head of Creative Diversity, Stuart Cosgrove:

  12. Christine Burns 15 Mar 2011, 6:11pm

    Actually @Helen and @Christine, a representative from the BBC spoke at the event last night and confirmed that the BBC was on board

    1. Helen Wilson 15 Mar 2011, 6:30pm

      Its just from experience I have such low expectations of the BBC

      1. Christine Burns 15 Mar 2011, 7:21pm

        Here’s the recording of what they said Helen

        1. Helen Wilson 15 Mar 2011, 8:47pm

          Hi Christine,

          I welcome what the BBC are saying. However as one of the participants in the BBC trans focus groups last year, I feel the report I made a very small contribution towards is just collecting dust on a shelf of BBC diversity policies.

          That’s the big challenge TMW faces, to see words become action.

          1. The BBC would have to be on board. With a transwoman as the national Equality Minister, they would struggle to resist alignment.

          2. Hodge Podge 15 Mar 2011, 11:32pm

            @lil Nice. Very classy.

          3. @Lil Yes, nice comment…!

  13. Helen Wilson 15 Mar 2011, 10:44pm

    As as trans woman I would welcome Lynne as one of us, but Lynne Featherstone is not a trans woman, the fact she has given birth to children is all the proof you need Lil.

    This is the second time you have posted this lie on PinkNews.

  14. Christine Beckett 16 Mar 2011, 9:02am

    Ta for that info, Christine….

    I think this is an amazing achievement by TMW and C4, and well done to all concerned.

    But if the BBC have bought into it, why do all the reports so far simply outline the C4 angle?

    Did the BBC really sign up to it, or just make positive noises?

    I’d prefer action to words, especially with the BBC’s sad record.


  15. Paris lees 16 Mar 2011, 9:59pm

    The BBC is a large organisation and is looking at how to incoporate the MoU into its existing guidelines. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter if they sign – the MoU is merely a device to achieve an aim – that aim is better portrayal of trans people in the media. We now have a dialogue with the BBC, thanks in no small way to the attention Channel 4 has shown us, and we intend to make further inroads there.

    It would be great if you could follow us on twitter:

    @theywereangels (Paris Lees)

    We’ll see you on there!

  16. Good for you, keep up the good work and hopefully others will follow your example. God bless you

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