A new Care2 petition is calling on InTouch Weekly to apologize for its latest magazine cover, which features a Photoshopped image of former U.S. track and field athlete and TV star Bruce Jenner as a woman, alongside an article that speculates on Jenner’s gender identity. The Care2 petition—which notes that Jenner has never said or implied anything regarding his gender identity—demands that David Perel, Editorial Director of InTouch Weekly be more sensitive to the struggles that actual transgender people face and refrain from gossipy speculation about someone’s gender identity.[pullquote]“Publicly speculating as to whether or not someone will be coming out as transgender illustrates a flippant lack of empathy toward people who actually struggle with making a gender transition,” —Julie Mastrine, creator of the Care2 petition[/pullquote]
VIEW THE CARE2 PETITION HERE: www.care2.com/go/z/InTouch
BuzzFeed reported that InTouch Weekly likely Photoshopped Jenner’s face over British actress Stephanie Beacham’s body.
“Publicly speculating as to whether or not someone will be coming out as transgender illustrates a flippant lack of empathy toward people who actually struggle with making a gender transition,” explained Julie Mastrine, in her Care2 petition. “It…robs Jenner of his right to identify as he wishes.”
Comedian and actor Russell Brand also publicly spoke out against the magazine cover, calling it “bullying.” The cover has also been widely criticized on Twitter.
“It is this robbing of self-determination that makes life so difficult for transgender folks, and InTouch Weekly should know better,” the Care2 petition reads. “It is never okay to rob people of their right to choice and self-determination.”
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[From a News Release]