Mark Bickerton, Series Story Producer, Emmerdale, ITV
I found the WHOLE interaction useful and enjoyable, though the one-to-one sessions proved the most invaluable in getting to know each other. I was reassured that nothing said in the meeting was to be deemed “the wrong thing” and when I made a mistake in terms of calling a person he or she wrongly, I apologised for my slip and the error was met with good humour…we should continue this dialogue and I’d welcome your input if and when we play an Emmerdale story about a transgender character.
Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News Presenter, journalist, The Telegraph’s Wonder Women, FactCheck blog
It was useful in challenging perceptions, education, suggesting story ideas and what surprised me most was that there is no need to define trans people by their surgery or lack of surgery.
Sean Hancock, Executive Commissioning Producer, BBC Entertainment
I thought that it might have been a bit preachy and that there would be an agenda. This was not the case however…The stories about overcoming obstacles and the courage involved were very inspiring. The most useful part of the interaction was meeting people in a relaxed environment and just hearing their amazing stories.
James O’Brien, journalist and presenter, London’s Biggest Conversation 97.3FM
I genuinely couldn’t have hoped for a better guide than Fox, who joined me for an hour today, and was a patient and illuminating presence. He was also a top bloke and I hope you enjoyed our encounter as much as I did.
Robin Esser, Executive Managing Editor, The Daily Mail
I think the best thing I got out of our lunch was meeting you all. I am aware that some are prejudiced against transgender people but I am not one of those which you may have gathered. The second thing was to hear that you are preparing a briefing note for all journalists on the phrases to be used and not used when transgender people are in the news. I look forward to seeing the revised advice.
Yvonne Roberts, Chief Leader Writer, The Observer
I enjoyed listening to people’s stories and what surprised me most was everyone’s resilience and commitment.
Ally Oliver, Assistant Editor, Closer Magazine
The language I would use around the subject would be different and I also think that I have a greater understanding which I’ll carry with me and hopefully pass onto other journalists.
Piers Bradford, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio One & 1Xtra
I expected to be lectured but this was an opportunity to have an open and honest chat with some trans people. I found it very insightful, and has led to several programme ideas which have made it on air.
Charlotte Philby, News Reporter, The Independent
I’d expected it to be quite a formal, possibly confrontational meeting but chatting to Reubs and Paris about their own experiences and why we shouldn’t refer to ‘before’ and ‘after’ but rather to look as a person’s gender as a continuum with the defining factor being the moment they could properly express themselves. Also, realising that when you haven’t worked in a newsroom you aren’t necessarily aware for the pressures that we work under (which can lead to mistakes if not errors of judgement!)
Ian Critchley, BBC Controller of Production Talent
The experience gave great promise of a better awareness of the issues facing the trans community. Having spent some time listening to people’s stories we came to the view that the best way to help move things on was to think about some kind of bursary or writing competition which would give the opportunity to explore things further. (On the Trans Comedy Award)
Jane Hill, Presenter, BBC News
I found the most useful aspect to be hearing directly from trans people and I realised that even I, as a gay person, can improve my use of language – therefore the newsroom as a whole could learn a huge amount.
Daniel Fisher, World Affairs News Editor, BBC
I found the most useful part of the interaction; chatting one on one with people and I learnt about the feeling of the invisibility of the community and words that are offensive.
Ellen Branagh, Chief Reporter, Press Association
It was actually just really useful to meet some young trans people, which was certainly a first for me, and to get the chance to talk frankly, especially about the way stories are covered and the kinds of stories we might be able to work together on.
Tom Peck, News Reporter, The Independent