A wedding should be a celebration of love — not a celebration of sensationalist headlines.
Trans couple Hannah Winterbourne (a captain in the Army) and Jake Graf (an actor) were married recently in London, and their heartwarming union was covered by UK tabloid The Sun. However, The Sun‘s frontpage headline for the story was decidedly less respectful than the article. Over a photo of the happy couple, the paper splashed the words, “Jake Who Used To Be A Woman Weds Hannah Who Was A Man,” accompanied by the even larger headline: “Tran And Wife.”
Hannah and Jake both took to Twitter to express their happiness about the article — and their disappointment with the way in which their union was presented.
A shame that our beautiful day and a positive article by @Emskibeat has been marred by fairly offensive headlines. I have always been a woman and Jake has always been a man. pic.twitter.com/Hhdfuvt09M
— Hannah Winterbourne (@hannahw253) March 27, 2018
Following such a lovely, positive article from @Emskibeat in today’s @TheSun it’s a real shame that it’s been cheapened by such a sensationalised and misleading headline. @hannahw253 was never a man, as I was never a woman. #trans #fact pic.twitter.com/1lNm3wjb4l
— Jake Graf (@JakeGraf1) March 27, 2018
The Twitterverse was baffled by the disrespectful choice of words on The Sun‘s part — but everyone offered their heartfelt congratulations to the happy couple.
— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) March 26, 2018
Their love is all the more special in spite of the bigotry and outright discrimination they have faced.
— Ethan Spibey (@EthanLDN) March 27, 2018
Ignoring the headline, which made me so angry! Angry enough I was in tears. I just want to call out how beautiful you looked @hannahw253 and how handsome @JakeGraf1 looked too – massive congratulations ❤
— Marc Reace-Coles © (@magicreace) March 27, 2018
“Two people who love each other get married” clearly not exciting enough. Sigh.
— Janet – Brixton Hill (@1isthinking) March 27, 2018
Very sorry to see this Hannah. I hope you had a wonderful wedding and wish you both the very for the future. https://t.co/kbdn6C8EIw
— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) March 27, 2018
Ignore them – many congratulations and best wishes for married life together
— Nicky Morgan MP (@NickyMorgan01) March 27, 2018
Perhaps we can all just imagine what the story might look like if it weren’t offensive and focused on a less sensationalist headline?
I’ve fixed the cover for them. pic.twitter.com/qNYi08vovb
— Sarah O’Connell (@SarahO_Connell) March 27, 2018
Fortunately, not even The Sun‘s poor choice of words could mar this couple’s beautiful day or happiness.
“There are not many more things that are feminine than a bride in a beautiful wedding dress,” Hannah says. “I never thought when I was young it could happen to me. It was a pipe dream. Until I met Jake, I never realised it was a goal I could achieve. It’s not sunk in yet.”