A left-wing male activist who murdered a young woman in Berkeley on Friday wants to be referred to as the pronoun “they” not “he.”
Pablo Gomez, Jr., 24, who attends the University of California, Berkeley, was arrested by Burbank police in Los Angeles County Saturday. Gomez is considered the primary suspect in the fatal stabbing of a woman Friday, as well as in injuring another person in a separate incident.
The police have yet to discuss a motive for Friday’s bloody knife attack or the names of the people involved.
According to The Daily Caller, Berkeleyside, an independent news outlet at the liberal university, published a detailed account of the murder story on Friday. Since then, the piece has been corrected to reflect the suspected killer’s preference of being called by the pronoun “they” instead of “he,” after his friend(s) contacted the outlet with this information.
Here is what Berkeleyside wrote:
“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.]
“This story was updated after publication to reflect Gomez, Jr.’s preferred pronoun, according to a friend who contacted Berkeleyside.”
Gomez lists his study major on Facebook as Chicanx/Latinx Studies and is active in many of the progressive and leftist causes at Berkeley. He recently served as a senior fellow at the Alliance for Climate Education, a climate change activist group.
Gomez, who was born in the U.S., is considered the school’s primary point of contact for the Queer Alliance & Resource Center, an activist group that helps UC-Berkely’s queer community.
According to Gomez’s Twitter account, he appears to hold strong, “anti-white” sentiments.
Many commenters on Berkeleyside’s article have criticized the outlet’s focus on Gomez’s gender-pronoun preferences.
“Is this for real? Dude (allegedly) kills someone and we’re worried about the pronoun he goes by? Who cares!” wrote one commenter.
“Who the hell cares what pronoun he/she/it prefers to be called by? I’ll bet his victims would have preferred not to be stabbed,” wrote another.
Gomez can also be seen in a video posted last year by “College Fix,” a Berkeley student-run newspaper.
It features Gomez grabbing a Donald Trump cardboard cutout from a member of the College Republicans.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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