Fox News' coverage of transgender community challenged by equality group

Huffington Post
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July 11, 2013

Fox News isn't exactly known for its inclusive news coverage, but now, a number of equality groups are taking particular issue with the network's coverage of the transgender community, and at least one is hoping to change the rhetoric.

Experts from the Equality Matters, a new media and communications initiative in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, reached out to equal rights groups like the National Gay And Lesbian Task Force, GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation to find out their analysis of Fox News' transgender coverage and its inclusion of derogatory and harmful misinformation.

Carlos Maza, lead researcher for Equality Matters, explained to The Huffington Post that he hopes that highlighting the cable news network's discriminatory coverage in a report might change things.

"Our hope is that Fox will recognize that mocking and smearing an entire population of people isn’t news; it’s bigotry," he wrote in an email. "A serious outlet should strive to provide accurate, respectful, and fact-based information about the experiences of transgender people, rather than resorting to peddling horror stories that facilitate further discrimination against an already marginalized group."