Transgender Person to CNN Reporter: 'It’s Violence to Misgender or Alter' My Name
CNN reporter Nia-Malika Henderson is scolded during LGBTQ town hall
A transgender person lashed out at CNN reporter Nia-Malika Henderson during an LGBTQ town hall after he mispronounced their name.
“I want to bring in Shea Diamond. A singer song-writer from L.A. She currently supports mayor Pete Buttigieg. What’s your question?” Malika Henderson asked.
But Diamond did not take kindly to Malika Henderson’s pronunciation, due to her first name being pronounced as “Shia."
“It’s violence to misgender or to alter a name of a trans person,” Diamond said.
Diamond then questioned presidential candidate Julian Castro about his plan to implement a transgender rights agenda.
“So the first thing I would like to say is the national trans visibility March happened last week. And we didn’t see much representation from sis gender people,” Diamond said.
“And we want to know if you are elected as president, will you have a group of transgender people to counsel you or advise you?”
Castro responded that he would indeed have transgender people counsel him as president.
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”I would do that. In this campaign, we have been making sure to reach out to people in including transgender individuals as I speak out on issues important to the LGBTQ community and important to the forward progress as a country,” Castro said.
In June, presidential hopeful Cory Booker complained that Americans "do not talk enough" about transgender people.
Booker argued that the United States needs a president that will talk about transgender people more, "especially African-American trans-Americans." Interrupting the other Democrats on the Stage, Booker declared:
“We do not talk enough about trans-Americans, especially African American trans-Americans, and even incredibly high rates of murder right now.”