Seven branded it “the most controversial story of the year” but a 7News Spotlight episode on “a generation of confused kids wrongly diagnosed as transgender” continues to draw criticism.
Two more transgender people have come forward to say their images and videos were used without their knowledge.
Olivia Gavranich, also known as Australian musician St. South, said she was “absolutely horrified, deeply hurt and anxious” that a video of her following top surgery “expressing how much better my life was because of surgery” was used in the episode without her knowledge or consent.
She said was getting ready for bed when she received a message from someone on social media informing her that Seven had used the video in the episode.
“My heart sank immediately when they sent through a snippet of the segment … An immediate panic set in,” she said.
“All I could think was that this is out of my control and is going to hurt so many people in my community,” she said.
Transgender content creator Levi Ace Day also spoke out on their TikTok account about the program.
He also said the episode used a photograph of him without his knowledge.
“Now they’re using me so I’m just coming out here to publicly say I don’t support that obviously,” they said in a response video that has had more than 75,000 views.
It follows an apology issued by Seven after Grace Hyland took to social media to say her photos were used without her consent.
Seven described the use of her image was a genuine mistake.
“In a promotional video for 7NEWS Spotlight, the image of a transgender woman was shown during a voiceover discussing children expressing regret over transitioning. We acknowledge the photo might inadvertently imply that the individual in question regretted their transition. As soon as we were made aware the image was removed and the promo replaced. We sincerely apologise for any confusion this may have caused.” a spokesperson said.
An online petition initiated by Olivia Gavranich is now calling on Seven to remove this episode and apologise to everyone who’s images/ videos were shared without consent.
Since its launch on September 5 the petition has already attracted over 36,000 signatures.
“Channel 7 owes the Gender Diverse Community a sincere apology and a public review of their editorial processes to ensure this never happens again. The program needs to be removed from all platforms, 7 Plus and social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” she writes.