Incoming freshmen at a college in Scotland will receive pronoun badges to let other students and faculty know what their preferred pronoun is.
The University of Edinburgh will begin having student union officials hand out the pronoun badges during freshman orientation week so that students won’t run the risk of being offended by someone using the incorrect pronoun to refer to them.
As reported by The Telegraph, the goal of the badges is to avoid “misgendering” students who don’t identify by the gender that corresponds to their biological sex. The badges will inform those who read them whether the student prefers to go by she, he or they.
While some biological males might want to be referred to as she/her, some biological females might prefer he/him. In some cases, transgender individuals might prefer the pronouns they/them.
There are also other invented pronouns that transgenders individuals might prefer, such as “zir/zirs” “hir/hirs.”
Edinburgh University Students Association Vice President Kai O’Doherty told The Telegraph that the badges will be available throughout “Welcome Week,” Sept. 8–16, before the start of the fall semester.
The school’s student union produced a “Short Guide to Sharing Pronouns for Trans Allies” that calls on students to normalize the practice of “sharing their pronouns” in order to “challenge the narrative that pronouns can be assumed.”
The five-page document argues that it can be “harmful” for transgender individuals when people assume someone’s pronoun based on the way they look or dress.
“If we choose to make assumptions about which pronouns are correct, we risk misgendering people and/or singling out trans people who want to clarify their pronouns,” the guide states. “Using the correct pronouns can — particularly for trans folks — be an act of validation and a reminder that you recognize the importance of their gender identity.
The guide also highlights ways in which students can go about sharing their pronouns with each other.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith