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According to their Twitter bio, Nóirín prefers to be referred to in the singular "they".

Please respect their identity, HN.




Are you sure that doesn't just refer to a preference for using 'they/them' as opposed to 'him' when it's a generic singular pronoun? People who knew her are using "her":

http://drbacchus.com/festina-lente/


It's unlikely that they meant "preferred pronoun" to be about a singular person generally, since it commonly refers to preferences about oneself.

People often use pronouns other than the ones someone prefers for a variety of reasons: sometimes the preferred pronoun is new, sometimes people forget, sometimes people don't respect that person's preferred pronoun.


> It's unlikely that they meant "preferred pronoun" to be about a singular person generally, since it commonly refers to preferences about oneself.

Without more context, even in that case, it could be either 2nd or 3rd person. Queen Elizabeth, for instance, might put her preferred pronoun as 'we', but you'd still write about her.

In any event, very sad.


So ... I wrote that, and it's worth mentioning that I knew Noirin before the preference for different pronouns was stated. That is, I knew Noirin, as mentioned in my blog post, during the ASF days, before they moved away from ASF activity into other areas of activism. Thus, I used the pronoun which was preferred at the time of our acquaintance. Much like people that knew me as a kid call me "Richard" and people that knew me in college call me "Rich", likewise, people that knew Noirin earlier and later will likely use different pronouns, based on the norms at the time. No disrespect is meant, just fond memories of a too-short friendship.


As much as anything, I linked to it because it was a nice bit of writing.


Yes, quite sure. Source: Friends with people who knew them IRL.


People wouldn't know unless they looked up their twitter page. People here are using "her" because the article uses "her." https://twitter.com/noirinp


now they do!


Thank you for letting me know, and I'll use their preferred pronoun in the future.




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