"I will name you as you identify. Must you afford me less?"
British singer Alison Moyet was criticized on Twitter by transgender rights advocates last week after expressing her preference for being identified as a woman, as opposed to a cis woman.
"Cis" is a prefix that, when applied to gender, refers to someone who is not transgender.
Moyet, who has advocated for marriage equality and has a loyal gay and lesbian following, said on Twitter that she does not wish to be referred to as a cis woman.
"I defend everyone’s right to have the pronoun that they choose and will honour it," she said in a since-deleted tweet. "And I do not choose Cis for mine."
"It took women like me long enough to own the title 'woman' in the first place. It’s a long enough word for me," Moyet added.
I will name you as you identify. Must you afford me less? https://t.co/wkPz5iV8JQ— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) July 5, 2018
While many Twitter users were supportive of Moyet's stance, the backlash she received after broaching the subject, as well as accusations of ignorance and insensitivity, led her to delete the initial tweet and issue a followup.
I am going to stand down from the cis furore blowing my way.— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) July 5, 2018
I have learned that cis is not a pronoun and I am both Trans phobic and an enabler of bigots.
May I leave you with this song. It was my paen to the LGBT community.
Beyond that.. Bollocks.
Spiked editor Brendan O'Neill condemned the outcry against Moyet on Tuesday, arguing that asking women to identify as cis women "