Thanks (again) for using my photographs, DailyDot (@DailyDot) in this very useful piece on communicating correctly about people who are transgender.
Amidst President Trump’s ban on transgender troops, journalists need a quick lesson on treating transgender issues with respect.
How to eliminate bias – celebrate exemplars
There’s good science to show that the way to reduce bias is to point out exemplars – the people doing it right – rather than to point out the laggards, the organizations not doing it right (@NPR, and @USAToday are in this category – see this post: Thanks for publishing my photo AND listening, @DailyDot, in “What Does Transgender Mean, and How Do People Transition?”)
How to eliminate bias – show images of exemplars
About the photographs and the people in them:
The one above is from Capital TransPride (@TransPrideDC) 2017, with some of the most transformational leaders of our time, in the most defining social movement of our time. They are Bianca Rey (@BiancaRey), SaVanna Wanzer, and Holly Goldmann.
I’m perpetually interested in examples of great leadership, I learn from each one.
There is also good science to show that just viewing images of people demonstrating positive or healthy attributes also rewires our brains in ways that promote inclusion (and thus, a world learning to love better).
To celebrate outlets that practice journalism well in this century, I’d recommend people review this guide, whether or not you are a journalist.
I am happy to correct people on improper or un-scientific use of terminology (and I don’t hesitate to). This is the role that health professionals must play in society, to lead in health, and that includes creating healthy, inclusive environments. And not just correcting people, working to be exemplars (see: Built for the Future: My business card includes my pronouns)
I hope one day that every media outlet will be as modern, accurate, interested in being the best at its craft in this century. It’s a great century, it keeps getting better. 🙂