Since the launch of our 'Stand with Stanton' petition, we have had some signers express concern that we were using male pronouns when we should be using female pronouns. They wrote that since Steve Stanton will be becoming a woman, we should be calling him a her.
We used - and are using - male pronouns to refer to Steve Stanton because:
- Our allies are using male pronouns. Equality Florida, whose Executive Director was arrested at the event and has been in personal contact with Stanton, continues to use male pronouns. The Human Rights Campaign is also using male pronouns at its national press office.
- Stanton has asked that people that aren't his close family or friends use male pronouns until he begins his transition, according to the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
- Steve is self-referring with male pronouns. Refer to his NPR interview and other media quotes.