Many Massachusetts Politicians Announcing Their Preferred Pronouns Online

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Did you know that U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Cambridge) identifies as a man and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge) identifies as a woman?

If you didn’t know that Markey is a man and Warren is a woman, their Twitter bios will tell you. They are a couple of the many Massachusetts politicians that include their preferred pronouns in their Twitter bios.

Initially, putting pronouns in social media biographies started as something that transgender people did so that other people would not use sex-specific pronouns to address them on the Internet, according to Yahoo News. However, more people have been announcing their preferred personal pronouns to try to normalize the practice and express support for transgender people.

On Markey’s @EdMarkey Twitter account, his bio says, “U.S. Senator fighting for the families and future of Massachusetts. Malden native, Red Sox fan, #netneutrality defender, co-author of the #GreenNewDeal (he/him).”

And on Warren’s @EWarren Twitter account, her bio says, “U.S. Senator, former teacher. Wife, mom (Amelia, Alex, Bailey, @CFPB ), grandmother, and Okie. She/her. Official campaign account.”

They’re not the only members of Congress from Massachusetts who have pronouns in their Twitter bios, either. It’s also true of four of the nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Commonwealth.

It’s true of U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Dorchester), whose Twitter bio on the account @AyannaPressley reads, “Your Congresswoman. Proudly representing the MA 7th. Here to break concrete ceilings & shake the table. Personal account. She/hers. #ChangeCantWait.”

It’s also true of U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-Revere). Her Twitter account @RepKClark lets you know the following about her: “Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House. Proudly representing the people of #MA5. #ChildCareIsInfrastructure tweeter. Defender of women, kids & justice. She/Her.”

U.S. Representative Lori Trahan (D-Westford) fits into that category, as well. Her bio on the Twitter account @RepLoriTrahan reads, “Proudly representing Massachusetts’ Third District in Congress. @EnergyCommerce & @NRDems member. She/Hers. Telephone receiver (978) 459-0101.”

U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) is the only male in the U.S. House from Massachusetts with pronouns in his Twitter bio. His account @RepMcGovern has a bio that states:  “Lisa’s husband. Patrick & Molly’s dad. Proudly serving #MA02 & working to #EndHungerNow. Chair of @RulesDemocrats . Co-Chair of @TLhumanrights & @CECCgov . he/him.”

It’s also happening at the state and local levels.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu lets you know on Twitter that she is a woman. Her Twitter bio on the account @WuTrain says, “Mayor of the City of Boston • Mom to Blaise and Cass • DMs open • She/her.”

Massachusetts Attorney General, a progressive Democrat whose political philosophy is similar to Wu’s, also shares her pronouns on Twitter. The bio on her account @MassAGO says, “Official account for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. The People’s Lawyer. She/hers.”

A member of the state legislature who has his pronouns in his bio is state Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro), whose Cape & Islands district includes Provincetown. His Twitter bio on the account @JulianCyr reads, “Massachusetts State Senator representing Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. (he/him/his).”

The press offices for Warren, Markey, Pressley, Trahan, Clark, Healey, Wu, and Cyr could not be reached for comment over the weekend or on Monday this week.


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