A couple of things happened this week. Penny Nance, president of the Christian-right Concerned Women for America, had a meltdown over preferred pronouns during her son’s freshman orientation at Virginia Tech. Nance is probably calling the poor kid every day to make sure that he has not been indoctrinated. Ms. Nance needs adult supervision.

Thursday I reported a bad link to JAMA Network. JAMA Network is comprised of the 13 journals of the American Medical Association. JAMA’s press representative sent me an email as she sent out a corrected media advisory. I notice that, as part of her email signature, she included preferred pronouns.

It occurs to me that, if we — all of us boringly cisgender people — did so, then preferred pronouns become a matter of routine. Something that is not associated with transgender people. At the same time, we are promoting pronoun respect.

So here is an opportunity to be a “radical LGBTQ activist.” The Bard of South Beach (the late Angelo Dundee) would say: “It don’t cost nuthin’.”


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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.