The University of California Irvine is giving students the option to self-identify their gender identity on the school's admission form.
The form gives students six choices: male, female, trans male/trans man, trans female/trans woman, gender queer/gender non-conforming and different identity, notes CBS Los Angeles.
Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California system, said in a statement:
UC is working hard to ensure our campuses model inclusiveness and understanding. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far, but it doesn’t stop there — we must continue to look at where we can improve so everyone at UC feels respected and supported.
American University in Washington D.C. is asking its freshmen students to self-identify themselves with a "gender pronoun," reports Young America's Foundation, a conservative organization.
Freshman Tristan Justice, who is with the Young Americans for Freedom (a project of Young America's Foundation), says that he asked an orientation leader why students were being requested to voice their gender identity.
According to Justice, the orientation leader stated: "Here at AU, we don’t like to make assumptions about people’s gender."
Students at the presentation were told that saying things such as "I have black friends" and "I have Asian friends" may offend someone and were encouraged not to say them.
I actually found myself more offended by having to say my pronouns, rather than allowing someone to naturally assume that I am obviously a male.
However, gender identity is based upon how one self-identifies per their feelings, not their biological identity.
At the University of Tennessee Knoxville, new students and teachers are being encouraged to use gender neutral pronouns such as: ze, hir, hirs, xe, xem and xyr instead of traditional gender pronouns (binary).
Donna Braquet, director of the Pride Center at the university, states on the school's website:
We should not assume someone’s gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems. Transgender people and people who do not identity within the gender binary may use a different name than their legal name and pronouns of their gender identity, rather than the pronouns of the sex they were assigned at birth.