On June 24, we were thrilled to place an op-ed in the Washington Post for our client, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. In the commentary, “For trans people like me, pronouns are about more than grammatical correctness” TLDEF Staff Attorney, Noah Lewis, argued the importance of using correct pronouns when addressing transgender people. This piece provided important balance to other op-eds in the Washington Post that were critical of the New York City Commission on Human Rights over its guidance on gender identity, which includes respecting a transgender person’s preferred name, pronoun or title.”
“Does it take a little bit of effort to break out of old habits and refer to someone by a new pronoun? Sure. But given the stark realities facing transgender people who are excluded from jobs and education, it’s the very least we can do. The simple act of calling me ‘Mr. Lewis’ and ‘he’ adds up to nothing less than creating a society in which transgender people don’t merely survive, but thrive.”
We love working with TLDEF and look forward to numerous op-ed placements for the organization in the future.