Roman emperor was trans woman, declares museum
A Roman emperor was actually a trans woman and will be henceforth referred to as “she”, a museum has declared.
North Hertfordshire Museum has taken the decision to use female pronouns for the ill-fated Elagabalus, who ruled for four years from AD218 until his assassination, aged 18, in AD222, on the basis of classical texts that claim he asked to be called “lady”.
Museum policy states that pronouns used in displays will be those “the individual in question might have used themselves” or whatever pronoun “in retrospect, is appropriate”.
The museum, in Hitchin, which owns a coin minted during the reign of Elagabalus, consulted Stonewall, the LGBT charity, and the LGBT wing of the trade union Unison to ensure that “our displays, publicity and talks