New and official name given for students who want to stay genderless or transgenderBy Mason White 9:23 AM June 19, 2014
By: Aarav Sen
School officials in British Columbia, have announced that new terms will be used for students who see themselves as genderless or transgender.
Students and teachers in Vancouver, can now use gender-neutral pronouns “xe,” “xem,” and “xyr,” to be politically correct when referring to those students.
The move was approved and is designed to accommodate students for whom “he” and “she” do not fit or is deemed inappropriate.
The best term we had until now was “them,” which is obviously very uncomfortable.
The new terminology for gender neutral students is “xe,” “xem,” and “xyr,” which rhymes with the genderless plural “they,” “them,” and “their,” and are pronounced by using the letter z “zey,” “zem,” and “zare.”
The new words are intended to apply primarily to a small minority of students, namely transgender students. On the other hand however, it could also be used by anyone who believes that gender pronouns are inappropriate.
“We are standing up for kids, and making our schools safer and more inclusive,” school board member Mike Lombardi said. In addition to this change, students can now choose to use the bathroom facilities of their choice, including the unisex option, which is mandatory at schools.