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New Guiding Principles In The Media

By Charlotte Robinson, July 07, 2021

A group of leading advocacy organizations including NARAL Pro-Choice America, Giffords, United We Dream & the LGBTQ Task Force have joined forces to launch a new initiative, Guiding Principles for Inclusive, Accurate & Unbiased Coverage. As issues such as abortion, immigration, gun violence & LGBTQ equality are prominently in the national media spotlight the orgs are equipping reporters & newsrooms with recommendations for including critical perspectives of impacted communities to avoid amplifying disinformation & contextualizing sources & important public opinion information. Cathy Renna, National LGBTQ Task Force Communications Director stated, “Across the country, legislators are working diligently to restrict the rights of LGBTQ people – in many cases specifically targeting transgender & non-binary youth & adolescents. This year, we have seen a record number of not only anti-transgender legislation but of violent deaths of transgender people than ever before, almost all trans women of color, which has placed a unique focus on the transgender community in the media. Under this spotlight, reporters have a responsibility to represent our community in a nuanced, unbiased & accurate way. The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to help create these Guiding Principles to assist reporters in covering this harmful & complicated legislation. We have embraced & addressed the need to talk about our work at the intersections & how all of these issue areas connect us. By creating this guide, we hope to read stories that capture the humanity of our community, dispel disinformation & include the perspectives of LGBTQ people.” The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice & equity for LGBTQ people building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. 

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