Many are criticising UK media outlets for misgendering the trans teen and using her dead name
BY GEORGIA DIMDORE-MILES, IMAGE PROVIDED BY FAMILY
In the wake of Brianna Ghey’s tragic murder, the trans community and its allies have expressed their grief and anger on social media. While the police have yet to treat her death as a hate crime, media outlets and the government continue to refer to her using her pre-transition name, sparking criticism from the LGBTQIA community.
Munroe Bergdorf, a trans model and activist, used Instagram to condemn the “incessant and violent culture war” against the trans community that endangers their mental health and physical safety.
The Queer House Party DJ collective has also criticised mainstream media, the education system and the British government.
British actor and YouTuber Abigail Thorn expressed feeling “powerless and angry” about the tragedy and the media’s misgendering of Brianna.
Moments like this make me feel so powerless and angry. It’s horrific that Brianna was killed and disgusting that some of the British press is misgendering her, as will the state because she didn’t have a Gender Recognition Certificate. This country is failing trans kids. https://t.co/GUF8ASUwpY— Abigail Thorn (@PhilosophyTube) February 13, 2023
Vigils are being held across the country this week, demonstrating the LGBTQIA community’s resilience and refusal to be silenced by hatred.
If you or others around you have been impacted by these events, Mermaids, the charity for gender-diverse children have a helpline that runs Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm as well as Galop who have a hate crime hotline that operates 24/7.
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