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The New York Times is insisting on using the deadnames of trans journalists


The New York Times Building in Manhattan Photo: Shutterstock Management at the New York Times is continuing to refuse requests that they change policy to allow journalists to update their published names, or bylines, on articles after they come out as transgender.

News that the newspaper first refused the request from New York Times Guild, the union representing over 1,200 Times journalists, came in April. The Guild revealed that the Times has still refused the simple policy request in subsequent contract negotiations with the union, although they have given in on other Guild requests.

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The Times management is also refusing to allow for the implementation of gender-neutral bathrooms on every floor of their headquarters, the New York Times Building, in Manhattan.

In March, the ongoing negotiations began to update the collective bargaining agreement between management and the union representing most of the paper’s journalists. In April, Times media reporter Ben Smith reported that the News Guild of New York, which the Times Guild belongs to, stated that the Times was resisting the byline policy changes because “retroactively correcting deadnames would be ‘fraught.’”

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