Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn also wrote about Meadows in a column, titled: “He’s not only in the wrong body… he’s in the wrong job”, which claimed her transition would be too “challenging” for children. Since her death the column has been edited to remove the reference to Meadows.
i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual's race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.
All [Lucy Meadows] ever wanted, she told her friend in emails shared with the Guardian, "was to be me[.]"
The Daily Mail defended Littlejohn's column. A spokesman said: "It is regrettable that this tragic death should now be the subject of an orchestrated Twitterstorm, fanned by individuals – including former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell – with agendas to pursue."
"Trans issues are confusing for children." EVERYTHING IS CONFUSING FOR CHILDREN. THAT'S THE WHOLE REASON WE HAVE TO TEACH THEM SHIT."
Mr Upton/Miss Meadows may well be comfortable with his/her decision to seek a sex-change and return to work as if nothing has happened. . . . But has anyone stopped for a moment to think of the devastating effect all this is having on those who really matter? Children as young as seven aren’t equipped to compute this kind of information.
Courts have recognized that certain intimate details about people, even though true, may be "off limits" to the press and public. For example, publishing detailed information about a private person's sexual conduct, medical condition or educational records might result in legal trouble.
These are dangerous days,
To say what you feel is to make your own grave
Remember what I told you,
If you were of the world they would love you.
I transitioned when my nephew was five, and I was very worried about how I could talk to him about it. What I would say. But, it was a really easy thing to sit and say, "My heart felt kind of sad, and one way that I could feel, really, a lot better was that I decided that I wanted to be a boy. And so that's what I'm going to do now, and it makes me feel really good." And he was like, "Great! Feeling good is good."
—Eric Plemons (YouTube video clip starts at 04m44s)
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