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HRC’s Candace Gingrich to Washington Post: Preferred Gender Pronoun Use is a Basic Human Dignity

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HRC Associate Director of Youth and Campus Engagement Candace Gingrich was recently quoted in The Washington Post in regards to news outlets’ treatment of Chelsea Manning.

The article, which discusses the growing usage of preferred gender pronouns, notes how the media failed to accept the gender identity of Manning during her coming out process.

Gingrich told the Post that she believes "saying ‘she,’ ‘her’ and ‘hers’ when talking about Manning is less about extending courtesy than of practicing ‘basic human dignity.’” 

“You should respect how someone wants to be referred to,” said Gingrich.

HRC joined over 40 organizations in calling for improved media coverage of the transgender community, citing media outlets' failure to accurately reflect the lives of transgender people. Despite the fact that the Associated Press Style Guide states that when referring a transgender people, to “Use the Pronoun preferred by the individuals,” many renowned and respected outlets continued to use hurtful phrases and contrived confusion over pronouns. 

HRC works to educate the public on issues that transgender people face, from widespread discrimination and hate violence, to the complex process of getting appropriate identity documents, to finding culturally competent healthcare providers, and family and parenting issues, and to advocate for their full inclusion and equality.

To read the article on The Washington Post in its entirety, click here

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