Friday, March 5, 2021

Tag: Judge: Referring to transgender people by chosen pronouns ‘courtesy

Judge: Referring to transgender people by chosen pronouns ‘courtesy,’ not law

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by Alicia Cohn, The Hill:

Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, a President Trump appointee, this week cautioned that courts follow “convention,” not “binding precedent,” in referring to transgender individuals by their chosen pronouns.

Duncan went on to refer to Kathrine Nicole Jett, who was known as Norman Varner in previous court hearings, as “gender dysphoric.”

The defendant had asked to change Norman Varner to Kathrine Nicole Jett on previous conviction records as well as require the use of female pronouns. Duncan called the latter request a “quixotic undertaking.”