Catching Up

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Description: In her column announcing the transition, Daniels asked a question that reflects a significant void in media coverage: "How do you go about sharing your most important truth, one you spent a lifetime trying to keep deeply buried... to a world whose knowledge of transsexuals usually begins and ends with Jerry Springer's exploitation circus?" It is this vacuum of knowledge about those who identify with the gender different from their sex at birth that news organizations are just beginning to fill. A reader's letter to the editor published on July 5 points out that this implies transgender people are "somehow practicing 'deception.'" Cindi Creager, director of national news for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), an organization that focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, says the media's tendency to confuse "transgender" with "gay" is misleading.
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