Australian national newspaper condemned for appalling coverage of transgender issues


Journalist Bernard Lane of The Australian newspaper, announced a gender issues section on the broadsheet’s website on Friday to widespread criticism from LGBT+ advocates. The section so far has published 18 articles which led with headlines such as “They’re castrating children”, “Transgender project ‘out of balance’”, “Sex not a matter of belief” and “Corrupting kids’ thinking”. The organisation Equality Australia  has said “The Australian newspaper’s obsession with humiliating trans people is disgraceful. The rights and existence of trans people is not up for debate”. Critics have since expressed concerns that such articles demonise and spread misinformation about trans and gender-variant youth, promoting fringe anti-trans extremists. The paper’s intense anti-trans coverage reflects a growing backlash towards the introduction of transgender inclusion policies. Far-right right groups such as One Nation and anti-LGBT lobbyists Binary Australia are pushing against such policies claiming that children are being indoctrinated by ‘radical gender activists’, further distributing Anti-PC packs to parents, instructing them to quiz their children’s schools about which toilets trans students use, whether biological males are allowed to do sports with girls, and whether trans kids are permitted to sleep over on group trips.

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