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Media Coverage of Transgender People Through Danica Roem's Election Coverage

Research Mentor(s)

Brian Bowe

Description

Danica Roem’s race in Virginia against incumbent Robert Marshall drew national attention, despite being an election for a state legislature seat. This is because Roem, a transgender woman and former journalist, was running against a man who once referred to himself as “chief homophobe” and introduced a failed bill to make it legal to discriminate against transgender, non-binary and genderqueer individuals. Prominent newspapers like the New York Times and USA Today covered Roem’s election, and the Washington Post had thorough coverage of Roem’s candidacy as well, as the election took place in its regional coverage zone. These papers' coverage over the span of the month after the election was analyzed against GLAAD's best practices for journalists covering transgender people, in order to determine where the media still has room to improve when responsible covering transgender people and issues.

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Event

Start Date

16-5-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

16-5-2018 12:00 PM

Department

Journalism

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Media Coverage of Transgender People Through Danica Roem's Election Coverage

Danica Roem’s race in Virginia against incumbent Robert Marshall drew national attention, despite being an election for a state legislature seat. This is because Roem, a transgender woman and former journalist, was running against a man who once referred to himself as “chief homophobe” and introduced a failed bill to make it legal to discriminate against transgender, non-binary and genderqueer individuals. Prominent newspapers like the New York Times and USA Today covered Roem’s election, and the Washington Post had thorough coverage of Roem’s candidacy as well, as the election took place in its regional coverage zone. These papers' coverage over the span of the month after the election was analyzed against GLAAD's best practices for journalists covering transgender people, in order to determine where the media still has room to improve when responsible covering transgender people and issues.