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Open Letter to media organisations on the reporting of Julianne Kramer’s death

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing in complaint of your article on the death of Julianne Kramer, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Otago last night.

As someone who knew Julianne, I am personally disgusted and offended that you have consistently referred to her with her birth name and pronouns. While I am aware that Julianne’s family have requested she be referred to as “Julian”, I am nonetheless surprised that your editors would allow this to supercede Julianne’s rights to be known as her preferred gender. The Associated Press Stylebook has very clear guidelines for reporting on transgender individuals, including the requirement to always use a transgender person’s chosen name and pronouns. Giving the family of a deceased person preference over the self-identification of the individual sets a disturbing precedent for transgender people, many of whom transition without the support and understanding of family members.

[To StuffOn a related note, I find your addendum at the bottom of the article to be distasteful and dismissive not only of Julianne, but of all transgender people and everyone else who has found the use of her birth pronouns to be offensive. Not only is the AP Stylebook and other guidelines for journalistic standards quite clear that transgender individuals should be referred to as their preferred gender no matter how far through the transitioning process they are, but I have concerns about the accuracy of the statement itself. Julianne’s Commercial Pilot’s Licence identified her as Julianne Kramer; I would be highly surprised if the Civil Aviation Authority issues individuals with licences in a name other than their legal name.

[To other media outlets] The way you have reported Julianne’s death is distasteful and dismissive not only of Julianne, but of all transgender people and everyone else who has found the use of her birth pronouns to be offensive. The AP Stylebook and other guidelines for journalistic standards quite clear that transgender individuals should be referred to as their preferred gender no matter how far through the transitioning process they are. I also have concerns around the legitimacy of the idea that “Julian Kramer” was, in fact, her legal name as opposed to her birth name. Julianne’s Commercial Pilot’s Licence identified her as Julianne Kramer; I would be highly surprised if the Civil Aviation Authority issues individuals with licences in a name other than their legal name.

Sincerely,

me

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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized