The Associated Press, the standard setter for online and print news reporting, has expanded its March 2017 style guidelines on the use of gender-neutral pronouns.
Along with approving “they/them/their” for “stories about people who identify as neither male nor female or ask not to be referred to as he/she/him/her,” the organization recently introduced the phrase “gender confirmation” for medical procedures used in sex change operations. While AP discredits the use of “ze” and “zir” as acceptable gender-neutral pronouns, that could change. The liberal news outlet discourages the use of a “transgender’s” given name and sex.
Sohrab Ahmari, senior writer at Commentary, noted, “The editors are using the AP’s style authority to declare the transgender debate over . . . . Such language games will only discredit the media and underscore the Orwellian aspect of the transgender movement.”
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