Gender Identity Guides
For Reporters and Editors
This guide to gender identity for reporters and editors has been prepared at the request of the PNA Foundation to assist PNA members and Pennsylvania news companies in handling matters of gender identity ethically and sensitively. The content reflects the perspectives of reporters and editors, as well as best practices recommended by the organizations such as the Transgender Journalists Association, Columbia Journalism Review, Transgender Law Center, PEN America and the Pew Research Center.
This guide to gender identity for news media managers has been prepared at the request of the PNA Foundation to assist PNA members and Pennsylvania news companies in handling matters of gender identity legally, ethically and respectfully. The content reflects the perspectives of reporters, editors and human resource professionals. It also incorporates information and best practices from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Office of Administration, the Transgender Law Center, Transgender Journalists Association, PEN America and the Pew Research Center.
About the Author
Juliet B. Martinez is a freelance journalist and the managing editor of The Homepage community newspaper, a free monthly print newspaper. After growing up in Colorado and Central America, they went to college and grad school in Chicago, living there until moving to Pittsburgh in 2016. They live on the city’s North Side with their husband and two children, who are now teens. Juliet has written in the parenting, disability, health and tech spaces for PublicSource, Britannica for Parents and Green Entrepreneur, among others. Their work is guided by these words from their late uncle, Dr. George Tiller, MD: An infinite amount of value can be added to any service.