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Czech version of National Geographic calls gay people ‘faggots’

January 30, 2017
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The Czech Republic version of National Geographic magazine has been criticised for its questionable translations.

The magazine has been labelled “blatantly transphobic” by activists after it translated articles for a Czech audience.

Among the translations, the word “queer” is explained to mean “faggot”.

Meanwhile “non-binary” becomes “pansexual” and “straight female” is translated as “normal woman”.

It comes after the US version of the magazine was widely praised for putting transgender girl on the cover of National Geographic.

Campaign group Trans*parent have slammed the Czech version of the magazine.

“The Czech edition of your January issue has some original content which can be, without any exaggeration, characterised as transphobic”, the letter states.

Responding to the editor’s letter, they wrote: “His non-cis readership is left to identify with the mysterious ‘originators’ of the wave that is apparently about to hit our homeland, one that is bringing our society’s decline, if not its demise.”

“Repeatedly emphasising just how negligible this minority is in our country,” the letter reads.

Activists claim Tomáš Tureček “crosses the line of homophobia and transphobia”.

The US version of the magazine made headlines recently with trans child Avery Jackson, who has campaigned for equality for years, on their cover.

“The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy,” Jackson is quoted on the cover as saying.

The special issue being sent to subscribers will feature Jackson, and another version with a group photo will go on newsstands.

The 9-year-old earlier this year raised enough funds to open a Transgender House across from the Westboro Baptist Church.

Related topics: avery jackson, Czech Republic, EU, Europe, homophobic, national geographic, Trans, US

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