Before following Katherine Boone, an year-old Syracuse high school student, through her sex reassignment surgery in , Ms. Hartocollis did not know whether the term applied to people who identify as female or as male the answer is the former. Coverage of transgender issues is becoming ever more a part of the political conversation, whether it is about access to health care, representation on film and TV or which bathrooms trans people are allowed to use. As these types of stories arise more frequently, reporters are among those confronting the limitations of modern vocabulary. Over the last few decades, The Times has changed the way it writes about transgender men and women. Grammar conventions are shifting just as quickly.
A guide to transgender terms
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Most people — including most transgender people — are either male or female. Some people don't identify with any gender. Some people's gender changes over time. People whose gender is not male or female use many different terms to describe themselves, with non-binary being one of the most common. Other terms include genderqueer , agender , bigender , and more. None of these terms mean exactly the same thing — but all speak to an experience of gender that is not simply male or female. Some societies — like ours — tend to recognize just two genders, male and female.
Preferred gender pronoun
Everyone slips up from time to time. A lot of the time it can be tempting to go on and on about how bad you feel that you messed up or how hard it is for you to get it right. It is inappropriate and makes the person who was misgendered feel awkward and responsible for comforting you, which is absolutely not their job.
Preferred gender pronouns or personal gender pronouns often abbreviated as PGP refer to the set of pronouns in English, third-person pronouns that an individual prefers that others use in order to reflect that person's gender identity. The pronouns preferred may include non-traditional ones such as "ze" and "zir". PGPs have come into use as a way of promoting equity and inclusion for transgender and genderqueer people. Style guides and associations of journalists and health professionals advise use of the pronoun preferred or considered appropriate by the person in question. The dean of women at Pomona College , Rachel N.