This media reference guide aims to guide those who will write about ILGA World Conference 2016 as well as anyone who wishes to write about LGBTQI people in the future, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. At this time LGBTQI people are experiencing growing visibility in the media. However, often how LGBTQI people are represented, and the language and terms used to describe them, are inaccurate, discriminatory, stigmatising or seek to emphasise or capitalise on the sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics of LGBTQI people rather than providing objective and quality reporting of issues relevant to LGBTQI people and society as a whole. In drafting this document, we are seeking to provide guidance to media practitioners on the multi-dimensional identities of LGBTQI people to ensure accurate and sensitised media engagement and reporting on LGBTQI issues.
Media has the power to positively challenge widespread misinformation and misconceptions about LGBTQI people. In order to utilize this power, journalists, writers and anyone who produces online and offline content must be sensitised on how to accurately address and describe LGBTQI people.
This guide has benefitted from information and guidance adopted from the GLAAD Media Reference Guide as well as the Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans People and Trans Communities (Asia-Pacific Transgender Health Blueprint).
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