By PAULINE PARK
In “Cruz floats report Planned Parenthood shooter ‘transgendered’ activist” (Nov. 29), Chris Johnson reports on the Texas senator’s outlandish assertion about the Colorado Springs shooter’s gender identity, quoting the Republican presidential candidate as calling Robert Dear a ‘transgendered leftist activist.’
While Johnson’s news story is welcome, his description of the term ‘transgendered’ as an ‘objectifying pejorative for transgender people’ is simply incorrect: many members of the community identify as ‘transgendered’ (including me), and it is in fact the correct adjectival form of the term ‘transgender’ when applied to people, as I explain in “Transgender usage: five misunderstandings about “transgendered.'”
Pauline Park is chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy.