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Australian Parents Print a Retraction in Courier Mail

Please Note All Language and Following from Brisbane Times Article by Kristian Silva

Kai Bogert may be the talk of social media and international media right now, but “nothing has changed except for the pronouns” for the 19-year-old from Jimboomba who has decided to switch genders from female to male.

Kai was thrust into the international spotlight after his mum placed a light-hearted “retraction” in the births section of The Courier-Mail on Tuesday, gaining worldwide attention.

In the notice, the family says in 1995 they placed an ad to announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Anne.

“He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son - Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room,” the notice read. 

“He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son - Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room,” the notice read.

“He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son - Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room,” the notice read.

Until last night, few people had seen Yolanda Bogert’s notice. It was spotted by a Twitter user before being picked up by local and international media outlets.

Kai said he made the decision to tell his parents Yolanda Bogert and Guy Kershaw about his choice to live as a male last week. He knew he would have their support, but there was still apprehension.

“I was nervous, like how you would be doing a school presentation,” Kai told Fairfax Media.

“It was still slightly nerve-racking. I was finally telling people who I am. I think it’s human nature to get ready for rejection because we see it so much these days.”

Kai, who lives with his parents and brother in Jimboomba -  a rural community about 35km south of Brisbane, said he had been thinking about making the announcement for a year.

Yolanda said Kai’s announcement didn’t come as a shock - describing it as “a change”. One thing she has been shocked about, though, is all the attention the family has received in the past 24 hours.

“It’s just been shared all over the internet. Everyone’s shared and tweeted it and it’s on every single website,” she said.

“It was a message to Kai that I supported him. It was all cool and we would love him like we always had.”

Yolanda said she hoped her family’s story would draw attention to the plight of transgender youth.

“Transgender youth are disproportionately represented in all sorts of statistics like homelessness, suicide, bullying and being victims of violence. They really have a rough time of it,” she said.

“If there are other kids out there like Kai thinking about coming out and don’t have that support, [we want ] to let them know that they’re not alone. There are people who support them.”

She urged anyone needing support to get in touch with the Gay and Lesbian Welfare Association.

I’ve been into classical music for ages but it’s really only on [Queen’s album, A Night at the Opera], it’s started to express itself in a way that’s within the rock. Queen are a classic English band. I think we sound very English, a little experimental, a bit weird. Hopefully we’re in the same vein as bands like Queen, Bowie. I can’t think of any other English bands at the moment doing music that diverse, trying to push the boundaries. There’s no fear in what we do.
—  Matthew Bellamy (x)
  • Lone wanderer: I am the lone wanderer, my goal is to find my father and proceed to help him with project purity. I will do whatever it takes to see this project become successful.
  • Sole Survivor: I am searching for the man who kidnapped my son, I will do anything to safely return my son home no matter what is outside in the hellish wastes.
  • Courier: *Using mail as ninja stars* I'm Benny's worst nightmare
Parents place “retraction” to birth announcement to show support for trans son

In a sweet and hilarious show of support for their son’s transition, parents in Queensland, Australia made a correction to the birth announcement they placed in the newspaper 19 years ago. 

The Courier-Mail spoke with Bogert and Kai after the birth announcement went viral. Kai had been living as Beth up until a few days ago, but after he came out to his parents, they wanted to show their son that they loved and supported him.

“I needed to show my son I support him 100 per cent and wanted to let the world know that,” Bogert said. “It is all very new to us. Kai just told me a few days ago that he no longer wanted to live as a girl.”

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hey guys

this was an article in the courier mail, in regards to a woman who was murdered, sliced up and even partially cooked by a horrible guy (her partner) in my city. instead of covering the story in the appropriate way, they decided posting an article like this was ‘quality reporting’. 

please take the time to sign this petition demanding a public apology and maybe read a little more about the situation here:

Tom Hiddleston encounter only became news because I am young, female and blonde - by Amy Price

WHEN paparazzi photos of me chatting to Tom Hiddleston at a Gold Coast cafe filled my Twitter feed under the headline “filling that blank space?” I felt the blood drain from my face.

As a young entertainment journalist, I try to dodge any incidents that could jeopardise my integrity and professionalism.

Having recently moved from News into the Lifestyle section of The Courier-Mail, it was my job to write about and interview the stars of Thor who were filming on the Gold Coast and briefly in Brisbane.

So, when I saw Hiddleston sitting at a café in a chance meeting on a day off at the beach, I struck up a conversation as he kindly offered a surprising recollection of who I was.

THAT picture: Courier-Mail reporter Amy Price’s conversation with Tom Hiddleston certainly got tongues wagging. Picture: Coleman-Rayner
As I walked off I caught a glimpse of a man with a camera stowed away in an adjacent store and laughed at the prospect of being cropped out of some pap shots.

But soon the photos — which included me chatting to the actor while covered in a fine layer of sand— were plastered over the internet as the “mystery blonde” in Hiddleston’s life following his split with Taylor Swift.

I was suddenly the subject of memes and absurd rumours in The Daily Mail and Woman’s Day, who slapped me with labels such as “pretty blonde” and “mystery woman” and interspersed them with Clipart love hearts and catchy captions like “fancy meeting you here” and “parting is such sweet sorrow”.

Confidential’s Amy Price.
“Tom definitely upped the charm,” the Daily Mail journalist wrote. “The Avengers star certainly appeared to be flirting it up with the stunner.”

Along with being astounded by how many people recognised the back of my head and developing a newfound respect for the impossible lives of celebrities, I quickly realised I had to grow a thick skin.

It is an uncomfortable reality that people will be judged on their appearance, and trivialised for being a young blonde female when a male wouldn’t be cast in the same light is certainly not the worst.

But, as I shared a laugh with colleagues and friends dying to know what I showed him on my phone, I hid the beetroot red in my cheeks. The world had been granted the chance to judge my beach shorts and joke about my personal life and I had to accept that this happened to me because I am a young woman.

The Daily Mail’s version of events.
That was why a man behind the glass thought to take photos of me and sell them. It meant gossip journalists had a reason to tag them with salacious headlines and for those photos to become a talking point. Ultimately I knew my professional relationship with the Thor actors might be dashed to dirt for merely doing my job.

While it may seem inoffensive, for me it was part of an uphill battle I have faced to be taken seriously in a world that would happily put me in a “pretty blonde” box.

As an intern at a series of other media outlets, I was told by respected men about the importance of “looking good” and once even told I would soon discover the “true meaning of workplace sexual harassment”.

I dodged flippant jokes about how “talent” might react to me and had men reply to my tweets with pictures of their appendages. I usually grin, bear it and get on with my job.

But my fear is that these photos in unflattering beachwear will live atop my Google search results like a digital ghost and I will have to do something remarkable in my career to save being remembered as Tom Hiddleston’s “mystery blonde”. For now, I’ll stick to checking nearby bushes.

As for what I showed him on my phone, I’ll leave that as another blank space for the tabloids to fill.

Woman charged over State of Origin pee

THE long arm of the law has caught up with a woman over a very public pee at the State of Origin decider.

Footy fans used mobile phone cameras to film a woman pulling down her pants and urinating on her seat during the July 6 match at Suncorp Stadium. The footage was posted on YouTube and attracted thousands of viewers.

Police said they’d charged a 44-year-old Petrie woman with urinating in a public place.

Stadium managers were able to identify the seat number from CCTV camera footage, allowing police to track her down.

Four things:

  1. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
  2. Yes. It’s true. Here’s the YouTube video.
  3. “Well I use public toilets and I piss on the seat, I walk around in the summertime saying How About This Heat? I’m an asshole”
  4. They had to use CCTV footage?  They couldn’t just go “oh look, there’s urine on this seat?”

This is how the Courier Mail, an Australian tabloid newspaper, covered the recent murder of a transgender woman.

Her name was Mayang Prasetyo, and her boyfriend murdered her in a horrific way. (Click to learn more, but be warned that it’s extremely graphic and gruesome, and not for those with weak stomachs.) And this paper dared to publish this revolting headline and unnecessarily sexualized image.

Shortly after, the paper published a short statement acknowledging the tragedy of the situation, but not actually apologizing for their abusive coverage. And weeks after this edition of the paper was published, the newspaper has finally issued a (half-assed) apology essentially saying that every other newspaper was being transphobic, so they thought it was OK:

‘Every mainstream media outlet in Queensland had published identical facts about Mayang and her killer’s gender and profession as well as the same pictures.

‘We responded at the time, restating that Mayang was the innocent victim of a dreadful crime, and that publication of the details of her life and murder were never in any way intended to disrespect her or upset her family. Her mother, who we were in contact with, through the week never expressed offense.

‘In our reporting, we never intended to offend any member of the community. Clearly the coverage did, unintentionally, offend the LGBT community and others, and for that the newspaper is sorry.

Every single thing about this story makes me want to vomit. Every single thing. (via Gay Star News)