On Gender Identity
Bruce Jenner’s appearance Friday on ABC-TV may generate news we want to report. If you’ll be involved in the coverage, it’s worth revisiting our guidance on gender identity.
The key points:
– People define their gender identities and we respect their decisions.
– We respect their wishes if they change their names.
– We respect their wishes on whether to be referred to as “he” or “she.”
– If they have been in the public eye in the past, we remind listeners/readers about their histories. Chelsea Manning’s story is a recent example.
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association adds that if someone, such as Jenner, “has not publicly announced a gender identity, the best practice is to refer to [them] by name rather than using pronouns.” The NLGJA has some useful resources here.
Update at 1:40 p.m. ET: Someone is “transgender.” Do not write or say “transgendered.” There’s a good discussion of the difference here: http://www.vox.com/2015/2/18/8055691/transgender-transgendered-tnr
(Memmos; April 23, 2015)
April 23, 2015