Chicago Sun-Times Retracts Transphobic Editorial Attacking Laverne Cox, Apologizes

The Chicago Sun-Times found itself on the wrong side of GLAAD this week after running an editorial titled "Laverne Cox is not a Woman." The jaw-droppingly xenophobic piece, published from the National Review, spread a message of hate and intolerance for the transgender community; as hoped, the Sun-Times has removed the editorial from its site and apologized for deciding to publish it in the first place. 

"We try to present a range of views on an issue, not only those views we may agree with, but also those we don’t agree with," Sun-Times Editorial Page Editor Tom McNamee told GLAAD. "A recent op-ed piece we ran online that was produced by another publication initially struck as provocative. Upon further consideration, we concluded the essay did not include some key facts and its overall tone was not consistent with what we seek to publish. The column failed to acknowledge that the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association have deemed transgender-related care medically necessary for transgender people. It failed as well to acknowledge the real and undeniable pain and discrimination felt by transgender people, who suffer from notably higher rates of depression and suicide. We have taken the post down and we apologize for the oversight."

Apology accepted, Instincters?




Sounds plausible and sincere. Maybe other publications will use this incident as a preemptive lesson on sensitivity. Everyone is a human being, a person. All the other aspects, such as gender identity and external appearance, although very important, are not supposed to be an absolute definer. Not being a transgender person does not mean that someone has a license to belittle those members of society. It should all be about respect and feelings. And yeah, big macho men have feelings, too, no matter how many will insist they don't.

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