The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which is up for a GLAAD media award for its overall news reporting of LGBT issues, and which the GA Voice questioned, has also been criticized by Project Q for using the word “transvestite” to describe someone who was arrested for purse snatching.

While there is no excuse for an educated news reporter — especially for one who works for one of the nominees of GLAAD’s “Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage” to use the word “transvestite” in his or her reporting despite what is printed in a police report — there is also no excuse for police officers working to bring healing to Atlanta’s LGBT community to acknowledge and teach this offensive and outdated word.

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