‘Neutral’ Officially Recognized as Third Gender at University of Vermont

Barb Wire

The University of Vermont is now offering “neutral” as a third gender on their campus information system. The word “they” is now a substitute for he or she among the transgender community on campus.

According to The New York Times, students can select their own identity, including a new first name (regardless if legally changed) and choose their given pronoun, such as “they.” This information is used in a student’s file and helps professors correctly address their students.

Vermont is the first in recognizing a third gender among a growing number of colleges that have been concerned with “identity politics.” However, adding the gender-neutral option was not an easy task. It “took nearly a decade of lobbying, the creation of a task force of students, faculty members and administrators, and six months and $80,000 in staff time to create a software patch.”

Will more universities adopt a third gender? And are our educational institutions so concerned with gender-identity that they will use a grammatically incorrect pronoun of “they” to refer to a single person in an effort to be more “gender aware?”

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Julie Klose
Julie Klose is both a content editor and columnist for BarbWire as well as a freelance writer and blogger. She is a Christian Conservative who is passionate about speaking out on issues that relate to faith and politics. You can follow Julie's writing and contact her through Facebook or Twitter.

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