Sent to the I's 'Voices' section, in response to an article misgendering Chelsea Manning.
I was disappointed, though, I must confess, not particularly surprised
to read the i's take on Chelsea Manning's recent public declaration of
her decision to live as a woman. This is not something that comes as a
surprise to anyone following the case, particularly what has been
reported outside the mainstream media. What is disappointing is your
paper's decision to disrespect the wishes of Pvt. Manning by referring
to her as 'He' and using the name 'Bradley'. Pvt. Manning is a young
person who has been treated extremely harshly by her own government for
doing something many people consider heroic, and has taken a courageous
decision in coming out as transgendered. The least the i, an ostensibly
liberal newspaper, could do is respect her wishes and refer to her by
her preferred name and pronoun.