Queer Activist Arrested for Murder, Friend Insists He Goes By 'They'
A radical queer and anti-white activist was arrested for murder, but the newspaper reporting the arrest got the perpetrator's pronoun wrong. All one of his friends cared about was to make sure the alleged murderer wasn't referred to as a "he" in articles covering the crime.
Pablo Gomez Jr., a 22-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley, is suspected of stabbing one woman to death on Friday and of injuring another in a separate incident. He was arrested by police in Burbank on Saturday afternoon.
After a seriously wounded woman flagged someone down for help just north of UC-Berkeley's campus before noon on Friday, police located a "violent crime" scene and discovered the body of a person who has not been identified.
Gomez Jr. was identified as the prime suspect after "a witness who saw him earlier in the day reported that he had shaved his head which may have been done in an effort to alter his appearance," police said in a statement Friday night. Gomez Jr. "was developed as the primary suspect for both the homicide and the stabbing."
Berkeleyside, a local independent news outlet, rushed a story to the presses on Friday, but it had to issue an important correction. Reportedly, the suspected murderer would rather be called by the pronoun "they," as opposed to "he."
Facing murder charges is nothing compared to being "misgendered," apparently. (A later update would clarify Gomez's age at 22.)
Police have identified the wanted person as 24-year-old Pablo Gomez Jr. of North Hollywood. According to Gomez Jr.'s Facebook page, they are a UC Berkeley student who lives in Berkeley. [A friend contacted Berkeleyside after publication to say that Gomez Jr. uses the pronoun "they." This story has been updated.]
As if this note were not enough, the article also included a correction statement at the bottom.
This story was updated after publication to reflect Gomez Jr.'s preferred pronoun, according to a friend who contacted Berkeleyside.