Suggestions: … for covering the transgender character on the upcoming CBS drama “The Education of Max Bickford.” (via jessi)
DO refer to Helen Shaver’s character as Erica. Only refer to Shaver’s character as Steve as needed to detail Erica’s backstory.
DO use female pronouns when referring to Erica.
DON’T use quotation marks around “female,” “woman,” “Erica” or female pronouns when referring to Helen Shaver’s character.
DO use the term “gender identity” to describe Erica’s sense of herself as a woman. Gender identity is not the same as sexual orientation.
DO refer to Erica as “a transgender woman,” or “a male-to-female transgender person” – not as “a transgender.” “Transsexual” may be used, but “transgender” is preferred. Do not use “transvestite.”
DON’T say that Erica is “pretending” to be a woman or “posing” as a woman, or imply that Erica is not “really” a woman.
DO use the words “many” and “most” when discussing transgender people. The transgender community is very diverse, and over-generalizations should be avoided.