Nashville: Gender activists slam 'deadnaming' of Audrey Hale

The New York Times and CNN have issued corrections after 'misgendering' the perpetrator of the Nashville Christian school massacre and failing to use her preferred pronouns.

Audrey Hale, a woman whose LinkedIn profile states she prefers the name "Aiden" and pronouns "he" and "him," gunned down three teachers and three young children before she was shot dead by police.

Some media organisations, including TalkTV, referred to Hale as a woman, but other news outlets incorrectly stated she was a man who identified as a woman.

Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during a press conference that Hale was "a 28-year-old female that lived in the Nashville area" who identifies as "transgender".

But he later referred to Hale as a “transwoman,” suggesting she was a man identifying as a woman, sowing confusion among reporters.

Gender identity advocates accused mainstream news outlets who scrambled to cover the story of 'misgendering' and 'deadnaming' Hale by not referring to her as a man or as a transman.

“5 times @cnn misgendered. No correction. A mass shooting is horrible. Misgendering does not make anything better,” said a much-retweeted post on Twitter.

The New York Times later issued the following correction: “There was confusion later on Monday about the gender identity of the assailant in the Nashville shooting.

"Officials had used ‘she’ and ‘her’ to refer to the suspect, who, according to a social media post and a LinkedIn profile, appeared to identify as a man in recent months.”

After initially referring to Hale as “female” and “her,” MSNBC issued the following statement: “Update: A previous post about the Nashville Christian school shooting included initial information from police officials about the suspect’s gender.

"Those officials have since noted that the shooter was transgender.”

TalkTV's Piers Morgan tweeted: "I have many concerns about the child-slaying transgender school shooter in Nashville.

"But none of them involves giving a flying f*** about using the 'preferred personal pronoun' when talking about the despicable murderous b*****d."

TalkTV's Julia Hartley Brewer said: "We've had a bizarre situation where the New York Times and CNN have apologised for misgendering the shooter.

"The psychopath who shot three children dead! We're living in crazy territory. It's obscene."

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro said: "Fascinating to see the entire media now apparently "misgender" the suspect in the Nashville shooting, in much the same way they decided to scoff at the chosen gender of the Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooting.

"This is The Daily Beast and CNN, respectively."