Bi Erasure on the BBC Nottingham Breakfast Show

This morning the horrific abuse and transphobia a trans woman faces everyday in Mansfield was discussed on the Andy Whittaker Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Nottingham from 8am. I thought the presenter did a good job in discussing what Kerry Ann has been going through. They never misgendered her. They never questioned why she was transitioning or made comments about it. They simply explained what people have been saying and doing to her, and made it clear their behaviour was wrong and unacceptable. In addition the general consensus from people who called and texted in was how intolerant and narrow minded people in Mansfield are in general to anyone LGBT+ and anyone who is outside of the accepted social norms. I thought the show did a great job in raising awareness of this issue.

EDIT: I have since been corrected and informed that the language used on the show was not acceptable language to use when talking about trans people. I’m really sorry for stating otherwise out of ignorance. I have explained the situation in more detail and apologised fully in a follow up blog post, which can be found here

After playing a pre-recorded interview with Kerry Ann, Andy Whittaker then interviewed a police officer about hate crime who encouraged LGBT people to report it. Sadly at the start and end of the interview Whittaker referred to “IDAHO Day”, calling it the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. (This mistake when repeated by the woman reading the news at 9am.)

I have to admit, seeing as this police officer was the man who organised all the events across the county for May 17th I was disappointed he didn’t correct him on air. It would have only taken a few seconds. Especially as he texted me at 7:40 in the morning just to tell me he was going to be on the radio! I wouldn’t have listened otherwise. (Though I accept he may have simply not had chance, as he was only given 2-3 minutes of air time.)

I immediately texted in to the show to correct Whittaker and explain it’s IDAHoBiT Day, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Please could you email the show to do the same?
Here is a template you can adapt, and the email addresses to send it to. If you can phrase it in a better way than me, then please let me know!

andy.whittaker@bbc.co.uk and radio.nottingham@bbc.co.uk

Dear Sir/Madam,

I was listening to the Andy Whittaker breakfast show this morning (26th August) and was disappointed when the presenter used the term “IDAHO Day” and described it as ‘the international day against homophobia and transphobia’. I was further disappointed when this mistake was repeated on the news at 9am. In 2015 the day was actually renamed to IDAHoBiT Day to include bisexuality, and the day campaigns against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia.

Whilst this is a minor correction in the grand scheme of things, I feel very strongly that it is important to get this right. Bisexuality exists, and bisexuals face biphobia in the same way gay and lesbian people face homophobia, and trans people face transphobia. Our lives are made miserable through discrimination, harassment, and hate crime too. However when bisexuality is erased and ignored in the media, it is forgotten about and taken less seriously as a result.  We need visibility and representation too. Our health and wellbeing matters too. People listening might not think they are able to report bisexual hate crime because of this omission.

I hope in the future you will use the correct terminology for IDAHoBiT Day, and mention it is the day to campaign against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, when you cover any LGBT stories.

I look forward to your reply.

Thank you and best wishes.

Yours sincerely.

Name.

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