July 22, 2019 - Julián Castro Asked For An Activist’s Pronouns at Candidate Forum


At a presidential candidate forum on reproductive rights at the University of South Carolina on Saturday, Castro was asked by an audience member about how he would expand sexual and reproductive health care access for transgender people. Before providing his answer, he asked what pronouns the activist preferred. Attendees and journalists reflected on the importance of this choice, noting that this signaled his attentiveness to changing norms around gender pronouns and respect for non-binary people. This demonstrates another element of changing gender dynamics in presidential elections, with Castro contributing to evolution in gender language and strategy.