Trans Media Watch Memorandum of Understanding

Trans Media Watch has prepared a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several major media organisations who share our aims of improving the coverage of transgender people and issues.

The MOU does not call for censorship but aims instead to give media organisations the tools they need to address endemic problems. As always, we are guided by the basic principle that we wish to see transgender people and issues treated with accuracy, dignity and respect. While we cannot expect organisations who sign to "get it right" immediately, we see the MoU as a key statement of intent. The MOU focuses on four key areas:-

  • Eliminating transphobia in the media.
  • Ending the provision of misinformation about transgender issues in the media.
  • Increasing positive, well-informed representations of transgender people in the media.
  • Ensuring that transgender people working in or with the media are treated with the same respect as non-transgender people in equivalent positions.

In March 2011, Channel 4 hosted the launch of this document and formally announced their signature of it. This event gained some coverage in the media, and was addressed by Lynne Featherstone MP, the Coalition government Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities.

Trans Media Watch is pleased to announce that Women in Journalism, an organisation working for and supporting women who work in the media, also signed the MoU in May 2011.

Memorandum of Understanding (March 2011)
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Friends of Trans Media Watch

Individuals in the media who wish to show their support can do so by becoming Friends of Trans Media Watch. We were delighted that Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper, became the first Friend of Trans Media Watch in March 2011.

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