Shame on Dallas Voice News Editor Anna Waugh
July 20, 2013
Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this disgusting bit of whitewashing published in the print edition of the Dallas Voice yesterday by Dallas Voice News Editor Anna Waugh. In a piece celebrating the 100% HRC rating of two local hospital systems titled “Parkland, Dallas VA get perfect scores” Waugh offered this bit of reportage about the Paul Ray Witherspoon aka “Paula Witherspoon” incident:
“Snowdon said HRC wants to see the number of hospitals continue to grow over the years as medical staff examines training needs and reviews policies to become more competitive. She also said many hospitals should change their polices before an incident occurs.
Transgender woman Paula Witherspoon got a ticket for using a women’s restroom at Parkland last year. The incident helped prompt the hospital to add trans protections to its policies, which also extend to visitors.
Dr. Roberto De la Cruz, a gay member of Parkland’s board, created a task force to address LGBT issues and is working on a countywide assessment of LGBT health needs. Parkland added domestic partner benefits for employees in 2011.
“I am very proud that Parkland has received this designation,” De la Cruz said. “We want to provide a safe, respectful and caring environment for all of our patients. This designation indicates that we are inclusive to everyone at Parkland — patients, visitors and staff.”
Transgender woman Paula Witherspoon got a ticket for using a woman’s restroom at Parkland last year? Really, News Editor Waugh? Is that what happened? Is that what passes for accurate, reliable news reportage at the Dallas Voice these days?
GenderTrender readers will recall that convicted serial child rapist Paul Ray Witherspoon was reported to law enforcement by a woman who was frightened by him in a hospital restroom designated for use by women and girls. Witherspoon was wearing earrings and a skirt and a large bulky ankle GPS device worn by paroled felons deemed likely to re-offend. His parole had been previously revoked at least twice: in 2007 when Witherspoon was charged with assault and returned to prison until 2010, and again when he was arrested in 2011 for sending out pornographic photos of himself over the internet.
Witherspoon’s convictions include the sexual assault of a fourteen-year-old girl and indecency with a child by sexual contact perpetrated on a fifteen-year-old girl. When law enforcement officers questioned Witherspoon outside the restroom, he gave them a false “female” name (Paula). He also lied and claimed he had in his possession a testimonial letter from a psychologist diagnosing him with transgenderism. When the officer asked to see the letter, Witherspoon produced a brochure for transgender services.
Accompaning Witherspoon on his bathroom misadventures that day was his partner, a man named Billy Lorentz, aka Billy Birdsong. Witherspoon falsely identified this man as his “husband”. Lorentz is a convicted murderer and pedophile who served a 15-year sentence for the aggravated sexual assault of a twelve-year-old girl.
Reporting on an individual as a neutral party while completely ignoring and erasing the rape of three children seems to go well beyond journalistic incompetence. Framing a serial child rapist with multiple recent arrests and parole violations involving violence and sexual misbehavior as a “victim” for terrifying women in a restroom -while erasing those crimes- is an inexcusable editorial “choice”.
Anna Waugh should be removed from her position as News Editor for the Dallas Voice.
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Read more about Paul Ray Witherspoon aka “Paula Witherspoon” here: