Progress in the media
September 17, 2011 Comments Off on Progress in the media
Just when my despair was setting in, it seems that The Times might be listening to its (queer and queer-friendly) readers:
To the Editor:
Benoit Denizet-Lewis’s Sept. 4 review of Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels showed a lack of consideration for the author, Justin Vivian Bond, and for all who use gender-neutral pronouns. Denizet-Lewis noted that Bond prefers the pronoun “V,” but consistently referred to V as “he.” Refusing to recognize Bond’s chosen identity contributes to the marginalization of transgender people.
Although we understand that many readers may be new to the concept of gender-neutral pronouns, it is essential that The Times respect the gender identities and preferred pronouns of all who grace its pages.
B. J. LILLIS
The writers are seniors at Wesleyan University.