Meet the Logo30: Gina Chua

Since coming out, the veteran journalist and newsroom leader "really [understands] the importance of visibility."

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2021 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Gina Chua has dedicated her life to telling other people’s stories, but this Pride, she’s ready to share her own.

An accomplished journalist and newsroom leader from Singapore with a career spanning multiple decades and countries, Chua “eased into being Gina” during last year’s COVID-19-related lockdown and came out publicly as transgender in December. She made headlines earlier this year when she was named the new executive editor of Reuters. Chua, in this newly created, prestigious role, is perhaps the most senior openly trans journalist in the United States.

As the fight for transgender equality continues to gain mainstream media coverage, hiring trans journalists to steer newsrooms isn’t just a victory for representation; it’s a tangible step media executives can take to ensure fairer and more nuanced coverage of trans issues and communities. As the Trans Journalists Association notes, many newsrooms across the U.S. lack diverse editors and leadership. Diversity should be a priority, and trans people must be included.

“Since [coming out], I’ve really understood the importance of visibility, with people at work and elsewhere reaching out to talk to me about trans children, partners, relatives, friends,” Chua tells Logo. “It’s been so rewarding to be able to listen to their stories and offer support where I can. That’s really told me that visibility and community do matter.”

Learn more about Chua and the rest of our incredible 2021 Logo30 honorees in the video below.

Brooklyn-based writer and editor. Probably drinking iced coffee or getting tattooed.