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Petition Claims Using Legal Names on Diplomas Makes Transgender Students ‘Unsafe’

Petition Claims Using Legal Names on Diplomas Makes Transgender Students ‘Unsafe’

“not only an equity issue but a safety issue for trans individuals”

This is a tactic the left has been using in campus debates for years. Anything the left doesn’t like has the potential to make people unsafe – except getting rid of police, of course.

Campus Reform reports:

Legal names on diplomas make trans students unsafe, petition argues

Despite a University of Washington policy that enables students to choose a preferred first, middle, and last name for display on class rosters and ID cards, there is now a student petition demanding the school allow transgender students to use their “chosen” names on diplomas.

Though having a stated graduation date of spring 2021, PhD candidate and instructor Vern Harner started the July 8 petition, which now has over 30,000 signatures.

In the petition, Harner acknowledges that while UW “supports trans students in many ways,” not allowing students the option of displaying their chosen names on their diploma is “not only an equity issue but a safety issue for trans individuals.”

“There is no state or federal law enforcing full legal names on diplomas. While transcripts must reflect legal names, there are multiple universities, including Yale, Miami University, the University of Missouri, and the University of Denver, that have policies making it simple for trans students to have diplomas reflecting chosen first names,” the petition continues.

The Daily, the school’s student newspaper, reports that the registrar’s office is considering options, but has not made any official announcement. The university had updated its preferred name policy in 2018.

Earlier this year, UW implemented a “central pronoun option,” allowing students, faculty, and staff to “express what pronouns they go by in their everyday lives.” Like the university’s chosen name policy, student pronouns appear on course rosters. While instructors are “strongly encouraged” to use their students’ chosen pronouns, they are “not required to do so,” the policy states.

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henrybowman | July 30, 2021 at 6:49 pm

Changing your name legally costs $400 and is typically done with a simple form, entirely without a lawyer, at least in my state. It can be completed well within a calendar month; the proceeding itself takes ten minutes.

$400 is something like 90% less than the sales tax on lopping off your dongles.

Are you or are you not that committed to “your sexual identity?”

Pony up, you despicable skinflints.

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