An in-depth segment of ABC’s Nightline on the epidemic of violence the trans community is facing featured Monica Roberts, the founding editor of TransGriot, a blog that covers issues relevant to the transgender community and corrects reports on the murders of transgender women. Roberts detailed the crucial need for coverage of transgender people to be accurate and respectful. The two-part segment also featured Pose star Dominique Jackson, who discussed the importance of trans visibility.
Media coverage of the murders of transgender people is broadly lacking, and reporting on issues affecting the transgender community often unnecessarily demeans trans people. GLAAD’s guide on covering the transgender community details how to write “fair and accurate stories about transgender people.” When reporting on the transgender community, media outlets should always use a person’s current name and pronouns and should avoid misgendering or deadnaming a trans person.