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Complainant Name:
Dr Carol Steele

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: The People


Dr Carol Steele complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article reporting on transsexual police officers which inaccurately stated that they could take a year's paid leave for gender reassignment and were not able to perform the full range of duties, and that they were unable to change their gender on their birth certificates, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. She also complained that the article was discriminatory in breach of Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Code.


The newspaper did not accept that there was a breach of Clause 12 (Discrimination), and the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

In an article of 3 June reporting on transsexual police officers, we stated that transsexual officers were exempt from body searches and officers could take a year's paid leave for gender reassignment. In fact, transsexual officers, are able to perform the full range of duties performed by any other police officer and there are currently no police forces where officers can take a year's paid leave for gender re-assignment.

Date Published: 23/08/2012

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