Clauses Noted: 1, 12
Ms Jackie Green complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Trans Media Watch that the magazine had published information in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy) and 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that the front cover reference to the article, a reference in the contents section, and the headline of the article - which featured the complainant as a semi-finalist of Miss England - incorrectly referred to those who had undergone or were undergoing gender reassignment surgery and were participating in beauty contests as men. The complainant was a woman and it was therefore incorrect and discriminatory to refer to her as a man.
The magazine immediately proposed publishing the following correction, thereby resolving the matter:In our 2-8 June issue we published an article entitled "The Man who Wins Beauty Contests" on page 32 about individuals who have undergone, or are undergoing, gender reassignment winning beauty contests. We acknowledge that our use of the word "Man" in the title, both on the cover and inside the magazine, was incorrect and that the individuals featured in the article are women and should have been referred to as such.
Date Published: 05/09/2012
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