In this byzantine story a purported scientist and inventor promoting an innovative golf club design that actually (apparently) works better than the competition, however when the scenario is investigated by a journalist wanting to do a story on the interesting origin and evolution of the device the scientist turns out to be a transgender auto fleet mechanic and (it appears) a probable con man.
During the course of the story the journalist effectively outs the transgender status of the person to al least one person, an investor in the project to bring the club to market. The transgender scientist/mechanic killed themselves some months after they stopped talking to the journalist. Many people criticized the journalist for doing this as they felt even if the person was a con man they were entitled to gender privacy.
As a journalist is it germane and ethical or non-german and unethical when discussing a person who is criminally misrepresenting themselves academically, professionally and accomplishment-wise to discuss or reveal their transgender status with people whom you are interviewing for the the article?