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)