By Amy Silverman
By Olivia LaVecchia
By Monica Alonzo and Stephen Lemons
By Chris Parker
By Michael Lacey
By Weston Phippen
If speakers and writers really want to refer to people "in precise, accurate language," then the choice of pronouns needs to be based on how the particular individuals being addressed perceive themselves. In my case, it is "she"!
In regard to Michael Kuprin's letter about what to call a drag queen, I think he may call a drag queen anything he wishes that is not hurtful. Here are several lines from Edmund White's latest, fine novel, The Farewell Symphony:
". . . I was being introduced to a tall, slender drag queen in a sequined ball gown. She was young but had a mature, expertly painted face . . . She took my big mitt in her tiny, slightly feverish hand."
And I don't think either drag queen would mind being called "she."
Robert Bear Miller