Personal pronouns are changing fast


NOT so long ago a man could be jailed in Texas for sex with another man. In 2015 a county clerk in Kentucky was jailed for refusing to certify the marriage of two men. Gay rights in America proceeded at an extraordinary rate between Lawrence v Texas (2003), in which the Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws, and Obergefell v Hodges (2015), which made gay marriage legal across the country.

Transgender rights came next into public view. “Transparent”, a successful television show, has put trans people at the heart of a complex universe. The case of Caitlyn Jenner, who had been an Olympic gold medallist as Bruce Jenner, helped bring not just visibility but greater acceptance. In liberal circles, being openly transphobic is becoming unacceptable, proceeding along the same trajectory—but much faster—as attitudes towards homophobia or racism.

With mores around sex and gender already on the move, it is little…Continue reading

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