Friday, February 19, 2010

“The Dr. Oz Show” Raises the Bar for Transgender Talk Show Coverage

"The highly anticipated Dr. Oz Show episode featuring transgender children and their families aired, exhibiting some of the best nationally televised conversations about gender identity, despite some missteps in promotional materials and on-screen visuals," reports Anna Wipfler, GLAAD's Transgender Advocacy Fellow. "While talking with each family, Dr. Oz consulted guest expert Dr. Robert Garofalo, a pediatrician who advises hundreds of children and their families about gender transitions, allowing the audience to hear probably the healthiest medical opinion of transgender identity ever broadcast. After Dr. Oz presented the phrase Gender Identity Disorder and let it linger on the screen behind his transgender guest, Dr. Garofalo was quick to calmly emphasize that the term disorder is not broadly accepted by transgender community members and allies." READ MORE