To be honest, I was not aware that the Chicago Sun-Times was in the habit of republishing my National Review pieces. Given the recently revealed gutlessness of that newspaper’s editors and management, I’d like to request that they never run another. Via GLAAD:
The Sun-Times Editorial Page Editor Tom McNamee sent the following statement to GLAAD:
“We try to present a range of views on an issue, not only those views we may agree with, but also those we don’t agree with. A recent op-ed piece we ran online that was produced by another publication initially struck as provocative. Upon further consideration, we concluded the essay did not include some key facts and its overall tone was not consistent with what we seek to publish. The column failed to acknowledge that the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association have deemed transgender-related care medically necessary for transgender people. It failed as well to acknowledge the real and undeniable pain and discrimination felt by transgender people, who suffer from notably higher rates of depression and suicide. We have taken the post down and we apologize for the oversight.”
Never mind how limp the above is — it is not true, which used to matter to newspapers. My piece explicitly considers those factors, including Laverne Cox’s own suicide attempt.
GLAAD also mentions that there was a Change.org petition demanding, among other things, that the Sun-Times fire me; GLAAD does not mention that I was among the first signers of that petition, amused as I was at the prospect of being fired from a newspaper that does not employ me. (And thank goodness it doesn’t.)
Tom McNamee et al. are a disgrace to a proud newspaper tradition, and an unhappy reminder that post-operative transsexuals are not the only men who have had their characteristic equipment removed.