on language

Turns Out It’s Frowned Upon When Newspapers Print the Word ‘Tranny’

We just hate it when we’re trying to write a feel good derogatory story about a transexual and the local media watchdog gets all up in our faces about word choice. “A Belfast newspaper has been found guilty of breaching the press code of practice for describing a transsexual as ‘a tranny.’ The Sunday Life was reported to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) by a male-to-female transsexual who had worked as a rape counsellor in Belfast. The paper had raised concerns about her suitability for the role and described her as a ‘tranny.’ The PCC said the use of the word was pejorative and upheld the complaint. The newspaper had said that no offence had been intended in the use of the word which it considered to be ‘widely used’ in articles about transsexuals and transvestites. … The PCC ruled that while the newspaper was entitled to publish a story about people’s concerns over the suitability of Ms McCormack’s employment, her gender identity should not have been open to ridicule.” [BBC]