That's not meant to be sensitive in the slightest. I'm not offended, I just can't see the point. I even set it up by saying 'I'm not one of the PC bandwagon people' to hopefully add some context.|
Using your example, of having to refer to him as something different each time they mention him, doesn't make sense. Otherwise if the article went on long enough, what do they use. His address? 'The five feet 11 inch man'. 'Brendan, who has a mother called Christina'. You don't have to refer to somebody as something slightly different each time.
Actually if you've written it well you don't even need to keep referring to who is being quoted, as the first couple of times, if they're the sole reference of the quotes, set's the article up and then you don't need to spoonfeed the reader as to who it is each time. It's only when multiple people are being interviewed that you need to start describing exactly who is saying what.