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Transgender subject of a sports article commits suicide after writer threatens to out her

Transgender subject of a sports article commits suicide after writer threatens to out her

The subject of this piece was all over my Twitter feed on Friday night.  The tweets were coming so fast and furious from  my transgender followers that I really couldn’t follow what was going on.  Now that I read this piece it’s become readily apparent why they were calling for the head of Caleb Hannan – and with perfectly good reason:

Caleb Hannan, who wrote an article on golf club inventor Dr Essay Anne Vanderbilt, had discovered her gender history whilst digging into her past when he was unable to confirm her claims of studying at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to the article’s release on sports blog Grantland, Vanderbilt reportedly protested her outing in the piece, claiming Hannan was ‘about to commit a hate crime’ by publishing the information. 

Hannan also refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement concerning her past, saying: ‘The “deal” was one I could not accept.’

Shortly afterwards, Vanderbilt was found to have committed suicide by her business partner, Gerri Jordan.

Hannan’s piece, entitled ‘Dr V’s Magical Putter’, initially received praise for what readers considered a ‘mesmerising story’.

However, a backlash began when Hannan’s eagerness to out Vanderbilt, and her subsequent suicide, became apparent.

Both trans activists and journalists called Hannan out on his piece, claiming it to be transphobic and criticising Hannan’s link to Vanderbilt’s suicide, using the hashtag #JusticeForDrV.

This is easily one of the most vile, contemptible things I’ve seen in a long time and anyone looking to pillory Hannan in the town square has my unwavering support.  Clearly the employees at Grantland have no sense of ethics or responsibility in not only letting Hannan tact this tact with a story on a putter, but in editing his piece and letting the gender history of Dr. Vanderbilt even enter into the story.  

If I were in charge, both Hannan and the editor that let this piece fly would both be gainfully unemployed immediately.  There’s also a strong case to be made in linking Dr. Vanderbilt’s suicide to the publishing of the piece and establishing what legal ramifications Hannan should bear for his ignorance and ego

(thumb via the linked article)

 

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  • http://ngforequality.blogspot.com/ NelsonG

    Caleb Hannan ought not to be tarred and feathered by the gay media for this. It’s certainly not his fault the person he was trying to interview was mentally unstable.

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    • http://sayencrowolf.net Sayen CroWolf

      Sorry, that’s a complete crock. The piece he was writing about was a putter; not an expose’ on the doctor’s gender history. It was completely irrelevant to the piece he was there to write, and it was not his story to tell. He should have respected the doctor’s requests to leave her gender reassignment out of the story and taken heed when he realized what the outing would do to the doctor.

      Excusing Hannan’s article is to me the same as excusing Dharun Ravi in the death of Tyler Clementi. He wasn’t directly responsible for his death, but his actions pushed him 9 toes over the edge. He bore accountability for that, and Hannan’s delusion of being Woodward/Bernstein 2.0 is no different.

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