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Boy Georgeculture clubentertainment]musicpronounsTranstransphobia

Boy George responds to ‘transphobia’ backlash in the absolute worst way and really needs to log out of Twitter

Boy George has mockingly denied allegations of transphobia in the face of mounting criticism from his fans and followers. The Culture Club singer attracted controversy when he tweeted that disclosing your pronouns is “a modern form of attention seeking”. This followed an earlier tweet from January 6 where he urged people to “leave your pronouns at the door”. When a Twitter user asked him: “What does it take to show others respect by using their preferred pronouns?” George replied: “Thanks for that, but I have eyes and can mostly describe what...
American Dialect SocietyGenderNewsnon binarypronounssingular theythey/themTransUSWord of the decade

US linguists select singular ‘they’ as word of the decade

Linguists from the American Dialect Society have announced that the singular pronoun “they”, used by people who identify outside of the binary of male and female, is their word of the decade. The organisation also separately selected “(my) pronouns” as its word of the year for 2019, which was “recognized for its use as an introduction for sharing one’s set of personal pronouns”. The society’s 350 members voted on January 3, and presiding over the voting session Ben Zimmer, chair of the American Dialect Society’s new words committee, said: “When...
entertainment]Film and TVJonathan Van NesspronounsQueer Eyesam smithTrans

Jonathan Van Ness on why using people’s pronouns correctly is so vitally important

Non-binary Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, who made history recently as the first non-female person on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 35 years, has opened up about pronouns. Talking about pronouns, JVN – who is happy to be referred with he, she or they – stressed how important is is to address people with the correct pronouns. Emphasising that he doesn’t mind which pronouns people use for him, JVN said that people who use they/them pronouns, like Sam Smith, must have those pronouns used for them correctly and without...
entertainment]Film and TVJonathan Van NesspronounsQueer Eyesam smithTrans

Jonathan Van Ness on why using people’s pronouns correctly is so vitally important

Non-binary Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, who made history recently as the first non-female person on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 35 years, has opened up about pronouns. Talking about pronouns, JVN – who is happy to be referred with he, she or they – stressed how important is is to address people with the correct pronouns. Emphasising that he doesn’t mind which pronouns people use for him, JVN said that people who use they/them pronouns, like Sam Smith, must have those pronouns used for them correctly and without...
CommunityMerriam-WebsterNewsnon binarypronounssam smiththeythey/themTransUSword of the yearWorld

Merriam-Webster dictionary just announced the personal pronoun ‘they’ as 2019’s word of the year

Merriam-Webster has announced that the personal pronoun “they” is the 2019 word of the year, with the greatest increase in searches on the dictionary’s website. Merriam-Webster lookups for the word increased by 313 per cent this year, compared to 2018. In September this year, the American English dictionary followed in the footsteps of the Oxford English Dictionary and Dictionary.com by adding “they” as a singular pronoun to reflect its use by non-binary people. According to the announcement by Merriam-Webster: “Although our lookups are often driven by events in the news, the dictionary is also a...
Billy Dee WilliamsDonald GloverFilm and TVgender fluidLando CalrissianPansexualpronounsStar Wars

Actor Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in Star Wars, uses both male and female pronouns

Billy Dee Williams, the actor best known for playing Lando Calrissian in Star Wars, has revealed that he is embracing gender fluidity by using both he/him and she/her pronouns. Williams, 82, will be reprising his role as Calrissian for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December. Ahead of his return to the franchise, he spoke to Esquire about his gender expression. “I never tried to be anything except myself,” he said. “I think of myself as a relatively colourful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.” He...
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