Here We Go: Portland Removes Gendered Language from City Charter to be ‘More Inclusive of All Gender Identities’

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Portland, Oregon, is removing gendered language from its city charter in an effort to be more inclusive to members of the LGBT community who may not identify with either gender.

Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, who won reelection earlier this month, took to Twitter last week to announce the changes. “The language of the documents that guide the City should reflect our community,” he said.

“Today, Council authorized the City Auditor to remove feminine and masculine terms from the City Charter. This important step will help make our documents more inclusive of all gender identities.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that the Council voted to strike the terms “his or her,” “he or she,” and “himself or herself” from the charter, replacing them with gender-neutral terms. Also, the terms “police women” and “police matrons” were also on the chopping block.

According to The Daily Mail, “The linguistic tweaks – more than five dozen in total – do not require a citywide referendum or voter approval like other amendments to the city charter. A decades-old provision in the document allows the city charter – with approval of the city – to remove gendered language from it.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley

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