introduce organizational policy to respect transgender people

introduce organizational policy to respect transgender people

    1. alex baldwin
    2. Petition by

      alex baldwin

      Bloomfield, MI

NPR recently announced their refusal to respect Chelsea Manning's name and pronouns, displaying publicly their disrespect for all transgender people's identities. They corrected this shortly after this petition was started, but the issue still stands: this happened once and shouldn't happen again.

As one of the most listened to radio news sources in the country, the way NPR addresses transgender issues has a large impact on our rights and recognition. NPR generally reports clearly and respectfully on matters of sexuality, yet this respect does not always carry over to transgender people in the news. This hurts. NPR is an organization I want to trust, but I can't when they refuse to respect the humanity of me and others like me.

The way to fix this is for NPR to introduce internal policy about how to respectfully refer to transgender people on the air, as well as how to respectfully address transgender issues in the news.

This policy should ensure three major points:

1. Always use a person's preferred gender pronouns when referring to them in stories.

2. Always use a person's preferred name when referring to them in stories.

3. Always use correct, inoffensive terminology, such as "transgender people" instead of "transgenders" and "sex/gender assigned at birth" instead of "biological sex/gender".

Introducing a policy like this will prevent future disrespect of transgender people.

NPR should also apologize to Chelsea Manning for their blatant disrespect of her identity.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. NPR releases statement regarding Chelsea Manning's pronouns

      alex baldwin
      Petition Organizer

      shortly after I started this petition, NPR released a statement that they will be using female pronouns for Chelsea Manning:

      This is great, and important, but I would still ask for NPR to create internal policies regarding how they refer to all transgender people to avoid something like this happening in the future.

    3. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Erika Loneheart NEWNAN, GA
      • 4 months ago

      People don't deserve to be insulted and treated like garbage just because they were born different. Being transgender has been medically proven to be an inborn condition and not a choice. To insult or bully people for being transgender is nothing less than discrimination and this behavior must be stopped!

    • Kathleen Sarna GRAIN VALLEY, MO
      • 10 months ago

      Transgenderism is not a choice. He was born with a male brain do to his endocrinology. His genitalia formed incorrectly. He has had enough strife in his life. How would you feel if you woke up with your outsides not matching your insides. This is not a gay issue. Please be an example of compassion and understanding.

      Thank you!

      • 10 months ago

      If you think it's "wrong" because of "God"; what happened to love one another?

      • 10 months ago

      I trust NPR to do the right thing, and hope this will help them adjust to more politically correct approaches to addressing transgender issues.

    • Cayla Coats PASADENA, TX
      • 10 months ago

      I am a transwoman, and I cannot abide any widespread misgendering of anyone.


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