About Our Work

The Trans Journalists Association is a professional membership organization that promotes more accurate, nuanced coverage of trans issues and communities in the media and supports gender-expansive journalists in their workplaces and careers.

Since its founding in 2020, the TJA has worked with newsrooms, affinity groups, and journalism-supporting organizations to discuss best practices for covering trans people in all contexts. As part of that work, we maintain a style guide that aims to address common and complex questions that arise when reporting on our communities.

Our members span the globe and represent a vast spectrum of media formats, experience levels, and coverage areas. We welcome the support of gender-expansive journalists of all self-descriptions and backgrounds, as well as allies interested in our work.

If you wish to stay up to date about the latest happenings of the TJA, you can sign up for our mailing list.

We maintain online communities for journalists, including dedicated spaces for trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive to connect and discuss journalism, trans coverage, and working in media. Learn more about joining.

For media requests, questions about membership and other inquiries, please email contact@transjournalists.org.

You can also follow us on Twitter, Bluesky, and Instagram.

Our supporters

The TJA's work is sustained by a combination of philanthropic grant funding and individual donors, primarily from the journalism industry.

We are supported by a seed grant from the Ford Foundation's Creativity and Free Expression program.

Thank you all for making our work possible!

If you'd like to get in touch about supporting the core of our work, or sponsoring a specific program or workshop, please email us.

Our board of directors

President and interim Executive Director Kae Petrin cofounded the TJA in 2020 with several dozen other journalists who organized out of an informal Slack. They have since run many of the organization’s internal operations. They currently work as a Data & Graphics Reporter on Chalkbeat’s data visuals team and do part-time data reporting for the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk. They have presented on queer and trans coverage best practices, data reporting and visualization tools, and the intersections of these topics for universities, industry conferences, custom-designed workshops, and newsrooms around the U.S.

Secretary Adam Rhodes is an investigative journalist whose work primarily focuses on queer people and the criminal legal system. They currently work as a training director at Investigative Reporters and Editors, and have been published in outlets including BuzzFeed News, Xtra and The Nation. Their recent work has examined HIV treatment access in Puerto Rico, HIV criminalization in Illinois, and the myriad ways the criminal legal system disproportionately impacts queer people.

Treasurer Minami Funakoshi is an award-winning nonbinary graphics journalist at Reuters. They make data-driven visual stories, develop tools, and do backend and frontend development. Their recent visual story on anti-trans bills in the United State provides detailed analysis on the common methods used to restrict gender-affirming care for both adults and minors. Their graphics story on gender-inclusive languages won multiple awards, including Gold from Information is Beautiful, Silver from Society for News Design, and Excellence in Nonbinary and Gender Nonconforming Coverage from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists.

Board-member-at-large Gina Chua is currently Executive Editor at Semafor, a new global news startup. She joined it in May 2022 as part of the founding team led by Ben Smith and Justin Smith. Prior to joining Semafor, she was Executive Editor at Reuters, where she oversaw newsroom operations, logistics, budgets, safety and security, and worked with technology teams to develop newsroom tools, among other responsibilities. Gina was also the editor-in-chief of the South China Morning Post and The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong; a deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal in New York; a foreign correspondent in Singapore, Manila and Hanoi; and a television and radio journalist in Singapore. She co-founded the Sigma Data Journalism Awards and was the inaugural recipient of the Online News Association’s Impact Award for her dedication to innovation. She’s a regular speaker at journalism conferences and writes occasionally about the future of journalism and the intersection of the industry and technology on her blog.

Board-member-at-large Graph Massara is a freelancer and the editor of the TJA's stylebook. He was most recently a fact-checker with the Associated Press, where he also contributed to the AP Stylebook's entries on LGBTQ+ terminology. Prior to that, he was a newsletter editor at POLITICO. Graph’s professional interests include media criticism and ethics, the viral spread of mis- and disinformation, and online radicalization. He is an alum of UC Berkeley.

Our volunteers

Social media manager Kam Burns is a founding member of the Trans Journalists Association and co-author of the first version of the TJA Style Guide. He served as an interim board member and now manages the TJA newsletter and social media presence.

Social media manager Xan Hart runs the organization's Instagram and designs its social media strategy. Currently, he works as a digital content producer with 13WMAZ. He’s volunteered with his local LGBTQ+ organizations and told stories centering queer voices in Central Georgia. Being a journalist has always been their dream and he’s proud to work in local news where can make people fall in love with their hometown again. Xan is a graduate of Mercer University with a bachelors in Journalism and English. He’s passionate about being involved in his community and telling stories with authenticity and compassion.

Website admin Ændra Rininsland helps build and maintain various pieces of digital infrastructure for the TJA, most notably the freelancer database, and is working to replatform the primary TJA web presence into a portal allowing better communication with membership. She works at the Financial Times as a data journalist-developer with the FT Data and Graphics teams, where she's been since 2016. She's also the co-chair of the Financial Times' award-winning LGBTQ+ employee network, ProudFT, and an InterMediaUK steering committee member.

In the news this year

Covering trans issues well just means doing journalism well, Source

How a local paper grappled with an anti-trans firestorm, Columbia Journalism Review

The Trans Journalists Association is expanding to meet the moment, Poynter

Going beyond the basics: A new generation of journalists is changing the way reporters cover the transgender community, ONA Student Newsroom

Responsible Reporting on Trans Communities, The Pulitzer Center

The Trans Journalists Association Tackles the Shortfalls of Media Coverage of Trans People, Nieman Reports

The complexities and nuances of transgender coverage, Columbia Journalism Review

How LGBTQ+ journalists can survive this moment in American politics, Poynter

3 tips to avoid spreading misinformation about trans people, mental illness and mass shootings, Association of Health Care Journalists

Why Newsrooms Need More Trans People in Leadership, NBCU Academy

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