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Megyn Kelly Breaks With Fox News, Actually Defends Transgender Americans

September 01, 2011 4:36 pm ET by Carlos Maza

During the September 1 edition of Fox News’ America Live, host Megyn Kelly led a “Power Panel” discussion about the controversy surrounding Chaz Bono’s participation in the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Anti-LGBT critics have attacked the network for inviting Bono, who is transgender, to take part in what they see as a ‘family-friendly’ show.

During the segment, Kelly made it abundantly clear that she had little sympathy for the show’s critics:

KELLY: The transgendered, they go through so much pain and emotional turmoil in dealing with the effects of that disorder or whatever you want to call it and I don’t think they need people piling on and mocking them once they do something that many people consider very brave. But that’s me, that’s my two cents.

Kelly concluded the segment by pointing out that transgender Americans “have it really, really hard.”

Overall, Kelly did an excellent job handling a subject that many mainstream news outlets struggle to get right. She correctly identified the hostility directed at Bono as “hate” while pointing out the incredible difficulties and personal hardships that transgender Americans face on a daily basis, typically as a result of that kind of anti-LGBT animus. She deserves to be commended for seeing through the right-wing talking points and genuinely empathizing with a segment of the LGBT community.

Unfortunately, however, the same can’t often be said for the network she works for: Fox News.

Just this May, published an article by Fox contributor Dr. Keith Ablow attacking Chaz Bono for suffering from a “psychotic delusion.” According to Ablow, those who support Bono’s decision to identify as transgender are “bending reality to conform to a person’s psychosis.” The article was pulled from the Fox website shortly after being posted.

In fact, in just the past few months, Fox News has shown itself to be the go-to network for transphobic misinformation:

Fox News also regularly hosts anti-LGBT hate mongers like the Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg, who recently tweeted that the best way to stop transgender discrimination was to “stop pretending to be the opposite of your real sex”: 

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Megyn Kelly hit the nail on the head: transgender people really do “have it really, really hard,” and they don’t deserve to be mocked and demonized simply for being who they are.

If only someone could tell her employer that.


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