Since 1997, pronoun confusion was enabled by the AP Stylebook in its usage guidelines for the term sex change. At first, physical changes (through surgery, etc.) were considered a requirement for such usage (a he referred to as she). Then from 2000 on -- as transgender activists wanted to downplay surgeries in favor of the individual’s self-identification as the opposite sex – the AP played along. By 2005, the word transgender first appeared in the AP Stylebook. And by 2006, the terms sex change and transsexual were essentially disabled and rolled into the new concept transgender – thereby including a much larger population for the biased media to use in its propaganda war on biological reality.
See GLAAD’s history of AP Stylebook compliance with their most radical demands:
The 2006 edition also relocates the sex changes entry under the more accurate and inclusive term transgender. The transsexuals entry, which used to direct readers to the entry for sex changes, now also points to transgender:
- transgender Use the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.
- If that preference is not expressed, use the pronoun consistent with the way the individuals live publicly.
So now the individual gets to choose what “gender” he or she is, whether or not he or she has undergone physical alterations, and the media plays along. An 8-year-old boy in Colorado decides (with full parental and school administration support) to return to school dressed as a girl … and the biased media refer to the boy as she. Just following the AP Stylebook!
And the Massachusetts Legislature is asked to play this game, too, in the Transgender Rights Bill H1722.