The Press gets it right for Elliot Page
Almost without exception, mainstream news outlets in the US and UK have correctly reported Elliot Page’s recent announcement that he is transgender and gender non-binary.
In contrast to the media’s reporting of previous announcements by transgender celebrities, including Caitlyn Jenner five years ago, for Elliot Page there were no unnecessary references to the actor’s previous name – known as “deadnaming” and press outlets used the pronouns “he” and “they” throughout their reports.
2020 has seen transgender issues receive considerable media attention. In June, long-time feminist campaigner JK Rowling stirred up controversy about transgender rights. The LGBTQ2+ community’s responses in the debate have arguably helped raise awareness of transgender issues.
About Elliot Page’s announcement, the Transgender Journalist Association said on Twitter: “We urge journalists and media outlets to treat Elliot with respect & not deadname them” – a message the press seem to have heard.