Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has listed her preferred gender pronouns on her Twitter bio section.
The senator for Massachusetts now has ‘she/hers’ on the official Twitter account of her presidential campaign.
Warren’s account’s bio section now reads: ‘U.S. Senator, former teacher, and candidate for president. Wife, mom…grandmother, and Okie. She/hers. Official campaign account.’
Listing gender pronouns by cisgender individuals is widely considered as a sign of support and respect for the trans, intersex, and gender non-binary communities.
An increasing number of LGBTI rights activists have encouraged LGBTI rights supporters to adopt the practice in recent years.
Many of the Democratic candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 elections are vocal LGBTI rights supporters.
‘Game over folks – Elizabeth Warren added her pronouns’
Warren’s decision to list her preferred gender pronouns was applauded by some LGBTI rights supporters.
But some conservative commentators critiqued the move.
Ryan Fournier, a Republican consultant and head of Students for Trump, tweeted: ‘Game over folks – Elizabeth Warren added her pronouns.’
Game over folks – Elizabeth Warren added her pronouns. pic.twitter.com/N2agM8bZ5p
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 19, 2019
A number of Fournier’s followers also began mocking Warren, with some describing her as a ‘phony’.
However, trans rights activist Ashlee Marie Preston – who has expressed support for Warren’s presidential campaign – came to the senator’s defense.
Preston tweeted: ‘So now the GOP is freaking out because Elizabeth Warren updated her bio to include “She/Hers.” But what they don’t know is that we stan a president who’s not out here assuming people’s pronouns!’
So now the GOP is freaking out because Elizabeth Warren updated her bio to include “She/Hers.” But what they don’t know is that we stan a president who’s not out here assuming people’s pronouns!🥂 #LGBTQ https://t.co/Kl6nDcZS14
— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) July 19, 2019
A sign of support for the LGBTI community
Listing gender pronouns has become more and more common in recent years. The practice has grown alongside a general awareness ways to support and respect the trans, intersex, and gender non-binary communities.
‘You can’t always know what someone’s pronouns are by looking at them,’ The University of Milwalke’s LGBT Resource Center says in their Frequently Asked Questions section on the topic.
‘Asking and correctly using someone’s pronouns is one of the most basic ways to show your respect for their gender identity.
‘When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, it can make them feel disrespected, invalidated, dismissed, alienated, or dysphoric ( often all of the above.)’ the explanation continues.
‘It is a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender. If you have this privilege, yet fail to respect someone else’s gender identity, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful, but also oppressive.’
Warren is not the first of the presidential hopefuls to list their gender pronouns on their social media accounts.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has included ‘He/him’ on his account’s bio section. Julián Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary, also listed he gender pronouns as ‘He/Him/Él’ (which includes the Spanish word for ‘he’ and ‘him’) on his Twitter account.
The field of Democratic candidates for the 2020 elections have overwhelmingly expressed their support for LGBTI rights.
This stands in stark contrast to the current US government under Republican President Donald Trump.
According to LGBTI rights group GLAAD, the Trump administration has attacked LGBTI rights in the US over 100 times since taking office in January 2017. The Trump White House also has a particularly woeful record on trans rights.