UK newspaper The Telegraph is under fire for re-publishing an article offensive to the transgender community.
Trans rights group Protest Transphobia has organized a public protest outside the newspaper’s London offices today (January 26) at 1:00 pm.
Protesters are taking their outrage to the streets over an article authored by Julie Burchill titled ‘Transexuals Should Cut It Out’ in which she calls transgender individuals ‘dicks in chick’s clothing’ and declares natural-born women ‘are damned if we are going to be accused of being privileged by a bunch of bed-wetters in bad wigs’.
Burchill claims the article, originally published by UK newspaper the Observer, is a purportedly feminist response to attacks on Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore’s earlier article in which she wrote women ‘are angry (with ourselves) for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual’. The critiques Moore received on social media networks prompted Burchill to come to her defense with the scathing piece now itself being protested.
Today’s protest follows a demonstration on 18 January outside offices of the original publisher of Burchill’s article, the Observer.
On 14 January (Monday) the Observer’s editor John Mullholland released a public apology for publishing Burchill’s piece. In his apology Mullholland explained: ‘The piece was an attempt to explore contentious issues within what had become a highly-charged debate’.
Protesters today seek to meet with Telegraph’s editorial staff to present a letter detailing their grievances. The letter includes suggestions for steps the Telegraph can take to undo some of the harm, including meeting with representatives of the trans community to discuss the issues raised, and the commission a piece from a trans journalist to balance Ms Burchill’s piece.