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Caitlyn Jenner debuts on the cover of Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair/Annie Leibovitz

With the news of Caitlyn Jenner taking over Twitter and the Internet on Monday, it's worth reminding writers to watch their pronouns and adjectives.

Just as with Chelsea Manning in 2013, now that Caitlyn Jenner has publicly identified as a woman, they are women and they have chosen their names. They are not "transgendered" but transgender women. Transgender is an adjective, not a noun, and when in any doubt in covering people, they should be asked how they would prefer to be described.

When in doubt, GLAAD has a great media guide for journalists on which terms to use. If a writer believes it is relevant, stories will and should include the former identities of both Ms. Jenner and Ms. Manning in the news about their transformation.

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Different wire services wrote stories published on The Globe's digital products on Monday variously describing the former Olympian and reality TV star Bruce Jenner. The Globe edited some of those stories to make it clear Caitlyn Jenner is a woman.

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