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.