Sports blog Grantland.com publishes two responses to last week's disturbing story by Caleb Hannan titled "Dr. V's Magical Putter," including one by trans sports writer, advocate, and GLAAD Board Member, Christina Kahrl.
Last week, the sports blog Grantland.com published a story titled "Dr. V's Magical Putter." What began as a story about the technology behind the "scientifically superior" Yar golf club devolved into an investigation of its inventor, Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as Dr. V. While fact-checking Dr. V's academic background, the author discovered that Dr. V was a transgender woman. When Dr. V learned that the article would reveal her transgender status, she demanded that the author respect her privacy - describing being outed against her will as a "hate crime." When this request was refused, Dr. V committed suicide in October, 2013.
After being constantly bullied, transgender 16-year-old student, Jewlyes Gutierrez, defended herself when she got into a fight with three of her peers. Following the incident, the District Attorney charged the teen with battery.