July 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In an apparent bid to demonstrate “allyship” with transgender activists, four contenders for next year’s Democrat presidential nomination have updated their Twitter biographies to list their preferred gender pronouns, despite none of the candidates ever having identified as, or been mistaken for, transgendered.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Obama administration Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have all put a variation of “He/Him/His” in their Twitter bios, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lists “She/her” in hers, the Daily Caller reported. None of the other 2020 contenders have done so as of Monday afternoon.
Prominently displaying or announcing one’s “preferred gender pronouns” is a popular concept in LGBT activist circles, particularly on college campuses. “It’s important to remember that gender identity is not visible — it’s an internal sense of one’s own gender,” the left-wing Human Rights Campaign (HRC) claims. “Pronoun policies intend to create a way for people (to) make their preferred forms of address known instead of relying upon assumption.”
None of the two-dozen-plus candidates running for president in 2020 claim to be anything other than their biological sex, but most of the Democrat field is competing to demonstrate the strongest fealty to left-wing constituencies such as the LGBT lobby. All are pro-LGBT, and Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend (Indiana) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have specifically endorsed the controversial Equality Act.
Passed by the Democrat-controlled House in May, the bill would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include “sex,” “sexual orientation,” and “gender identity” among expressly recognized “non-discrimination” categories in “public accommodations” (the definition of which would be dramatically expanded); and force employers of 15 or more people to recognize their claimed “gender identity,” forbid them from “discriminating” based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” and mandate transgender “access” to sex-specific facilities.
Conservatives have long warned that the legislation’s true purpose is not to protect homosexual or gender-confused Americans from tangible harm, but to force private citizens to embrace and affirm LGBT ideology in various ways, such as forcing employers and businesses to accommodate things like cross-dressing and sex-change treatments regardless of their own values or policies; and forcing women and girls to share sleeping quarters, locker rooms, and restrooms with gender-confused males (or men merely claiming to be gender-confused).
According to RealClearPolitics’ polling average, Warren is currently second to Biden with 14.8 percent of the vote, and the rest of the candidates to display their pronouns are at or below one percent.