Story to Watch: GLAAD Corrects Misrepresentation of Nebraska Transgender Woman

This week GLAAD responded to problematic news coverage in Omaha, Nebraska, in which news outlets misrepresented the gender identity of a transgender woman being accused of sexual assault.

KMTV Channel 3 News published two written news stories and a video in which the reporters place Lynda’s name in quotations and refer to her using male pronouns.

GLAAD reached out to KMTV Channel 3 to work with them on reporting this story more accurately and fairly. We let them know it is unnecessary to place quotation marks around a person’s chosen or legal name, and it is customary to use a person’s preferred pronouns, in this case she and her.  We hope to work together with KMTV Channel 3 News to help improve coverage of stories like Lynda’s.

We are especially thankful to the community advocates in Nebraska who alerted us to this problematic coverage and helped us coordinate around-the-clock monitoring of the local media. We will continue to monitor this story closely and encourage you to please report any inaccurate or irresponsible journalism through our online incident report form.