Monday 5 December 2016

At all costs, get the pronouns right

With celebrity transexualism such big news, we’d better take the issue seriously

Published 07/06/2015 | 02:30

THAT’S NOT MY NAME: Caitlyn Jenner, previously Bruce, as she appeared on the cover of ‘Vanity Fair’
THAT’S NOT MY NAME: Caitlyn Jenner, previously Bruce, as she appeared on the cover of ‘Vanity Fair’

'If Caitlyn Jenner wishes to be known as she, of course she's entitled to that,' tweeted Jim Naughtie of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme last Wednesday, "and I'm sorry for saying 'he' on air. A bit sloppy."

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