Trans Media Watch has two principle roles:
1. To offer guidance to the media when portraying transgender people or issues affecting us.
2. To offer guidance and support to transgender people when dealing with the media.
TMW was set up by a group of trans people who had become increasingly frustrated with the often prejudiced, sensationalist and inaccurate depictions of transgendered people in the media. It is run by volunteers and depends on ordinary people within the trans community to be its eyes and ears. It aims to reflect the concerns of those people and of the community as a whole.
TMW is concerned with issues affecting all people covered by the transgender umbrella. It deals with cases involving transsexual people, genderqueer and androgyne people, crossdressers, and intersex people.
As well as tackling problems after the fact, Trans Media Watch is developing links with a number of media organisations and watchdog bodies to help them work towards a fairer portrayal of trans people. It welcomes approaches from media professionals who are seeking advice on how to approach issues relating to trans people. It can supply guidance and/or put you in touch with experts in a range of fields.
As a small group we remain under resourced, and we need more people to step forward to help. Having been in existence only since late 2009, we are already having a significant effect - if you are someone who cares about the effects of the media depiction of trans people, and the pernicious effect it can have - please join us.