And the award goes to... The Daily Mirror! Here's the story in full - words and phrases in red are ones from TMW's list of "derogatory, inappropriate or offensive terminology" that should be avoided, those in green are style points that TMW also asks journalists to avoid. The latter include "inappropriate use of inverted commas", "gratuitous focus on the appearance of a trans person" and "misgendering - If the subject of your piece considers herself to be female, treat her as female".
TRANSVESTITE MURDER ACCUSED IS A MAN
Sex op 'Nina' on remand
The "woman" accused of pushing a cross-dresser under a rush-hour Tube train is really a MAN, a court heard yesterday.
Nina Kanagasingham, 34 - a pre-op transexual - appeared at the Old Bailey with stubble on his chin as he was remanded in custody to a men's prison.
Judge Timothy Pontius said: "This defendant is in the process of undergoing a sex change. Has it been completed?" He was told it had not, but the defendant wished to be known by his female name of Nina.
Kanagasingham , o f Cricklewood, northwest London, is charged with murderinglawyer David Burgess, 63 - also known as Sonia Jardiniere, He died after falling on to the Piccadilly line at Kings Cross station last Monday.
The case was adjourned until February 3.
To be fair to the Mirror, they appear to have simply lifted a story from the Press Association and stuck their own headline and intro on it - even the Guardian (the sodding GUARDIAN!) uses the "stubble" line, and this on the same day that they publish an apology for referring to the new World Scrabble Champion as a "he" throughout their report.
Now I appreciate that th TMW code has no legal standing and that no national newspaper has even signed up to it. But it's rather sad that even supposedly left-wing, liberal papers like the Mirror and the Guardian default to the usual lazy, generic terms to describe transgender people, even though many such people find it extremely offensive.