Apologize for Transphobic New York Times Op-Ed

Target: Judith Shulevitz

Goal: Correct and apologize for the transphobic statements and arguments in an op-ed published in the New York Times.

An op-ed was published in the New York Times that supposedly was meant to show and explain both sides of the discussion of transgender inclusion when it comes to bathrooms and locker rooms. Instead, it did nothing to point out the falsehoods of the arguments that oppose transgender inclusion and instead promoted transphobic ideas. Demand the writer apologize for these offensive comments and correct the falsehoods presented in this piece.

Judith Shulevitz wrote an op-ed piece that was supposed to explain the “clash of values” presented by the current topic of transgender people being allowed to use the restrooms that match the gender they identify with, already making a case that transgender folks are imposing on others.

She then goes on to misgender a trans girl in a hypothetical situation and say that the trans girl may not want to be banished like “some sort of freak.” This kind of language, even in a hypothetical situation, is a dangerous reinforcement of the negative assertions used against trans people.

Her reasoning then goes on to support the troubling idea that trans people aren’t actually the gender they identify with and that trans people menace others with their mere existence. The debate on whether or not to support transgender people in their fight for recognition and equal rights is the new version of the fight for equal rights for gay and queer couples.

The ugly rhetoric supported in this op-ed poses real threats to trans people, who face a major risk of hate-based assault and murder, as well as suicide. Demand this writer apologize for her offensive op-ed and correct the wrongful statements she made against trans people.


Dear Mrs. Shulevitz,

You recently wrote an op-ed that was supposed to present both sides of the debate surrounding the rights of trans people to use a restroom or locker room that aligns with the gender they identify with. Instead, it reinforced dangerous stereotypes against trans people.

In a time of such progress for LGBT folks, op-eds like this are no longer a matter of diving into both sides of an issue. You made no effort to debunk myths perpetuated by transphobic people and instead fortified these ignorant arguments. Trans people are at a huge risk of hate-based murder and suicide because of the very arguments you chose to wrongly perpetuate. I demand you apologize for peddling these falsehoods and that you correct them.


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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    unlearn transphobia worldwide now!

  2. This petition doesn’t go far enough. The editor of the newspaper should have included – just beneath this printed opinion – a statement reminding people that (1) gender is determined by the brain rather than by sexual anatomy, that (2) there has NEVER been a SINGLE case of a cis-gendered individual being sexually assaulted by a transgender individual in a public bathroom, and that (3) views that appear in the opinion section of the paper do not necessarily reflect the beliefs or values of the owners and employees of the paper.

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