Channel 7 have recently run a Spotlight feature story on detransition which is a barrage of anti-trans propaganda, misinformation and hate-fuelled anti-trans ideology.
During the program, 7NEWS asserted that there is a social trend of people being pushed to become trans at a young age and that they are encouraged by members of the medical community to transition at a young age, forcing them to detransition later in life. This is blatantly false, goes against the medical consensus on the treatment of trans children/the long history of trans healthcare and is an attempt to manipulate an existing culture of hate against the trans community in order to profit from the controversy.
This misinformation adds to a landscape of fear-mongering that will cause the death of transgender children through denial of support from family ill-informed by the conspiracy theories implied in the report and will lead to more violence against the trans community by fuelling far-right, anti-trans ideology. Liam Bartlett, 7 West Media there is blood on your hands.
Join Queer Liberation Boorloo at 7 West Media HQ as we demand:
- The resignation/firing of Liam Bartlett,
- The resignation/firing of the editor who greenlit the spotlight,
- Removal of the program from circulation and remove it from online platforms
- A sincere apology to the transgender community from channel 7,
- The promise to never again publish biased programming against the queer community.