Seven apologises for photo of transgender woman in 7News Spotlight promo

Seven apologises for photo of transgender woman in 7News Spotlight promo

Channel Seven has apologised for using a photo of transgender woman Grace Hyland in its promo for a 7News Spotlight story on de-transitioning.

Grace Hyland, the daughter of former Home & Away actor Mat Stevenson, took to social media to object to her image being used in the story surrounding “the irreparable damage being visited on a generation of confused kids wrongly diagnosed as transgender”.

Ms. Hyland, 20, who did not feature in the episode, said Seven did not seek permission to use her image.

“Channel 7 kind of made it look like I regret transitioning,” she said.

“Just because my face is in this doesn’t mean I agree with it.

“I mean, why would you choose my photos, my face? It makes no sense.”

A Seven spokesperson told TV Tonight her inclusion was a genuine mistake and was changed immediately the program was made aware.

“In a promotional video for 7NEWS Spotlight, the image of a transgender woman was shown during a voiceover discussing children expressing regret over transitioning,” they said.

“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.”

Ms. Hyland also wrote on Instagram, “Transitioning as a child is not how Channel 7 is making it out to be. My care by the Royal Children’s Hospital was held with the utmost diligence and I am forever (grateful). Stop using my medical history as a way to push your political agenda.

“Gender affirming healthcare in Australia needs more funding, it doesn’t need this negativity,” she said. “And even though my face is in this, I don’t agree with it, I don’t stand for this story, I don’t stand for the sensationalism of this whole thing.”

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