“Every person, regardless of their gender identity or the name they choose to go by, deserves to have identity documentation that reflects who they are”
Our leaders care more about these issues than they do about anything else, including actual education. That has to change and fast.
Campus Reform reports:
Students can choose their pronouns or ‘X’ for school records, NY governor declares
Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that all 64 State University of New York (SUNY) schools must allow their students to choose the name and pronouns they want on their college records, including on college diplomas, school profiles, class rosters, and student email addresses.
Students also have the opportunity to mark “X” for their gender on official college documents, rather than male or female.
Reign Bey, a student at SUNY Binghamton, told Campus Reform that “the real issue comes down to the gender and pronoun part.”
“Forcing people to speak about you in a manner that they find unnatural is wrong. It’s forced speech based on irreality,” Bey said. “You can’t and shouldn’t be able to control how someone speaks about you, especially if you’re not involved in the conversation.”
As stated in SUNY’s June 8 press release, this policy change is in line with SUNY’s mission to “ensure that transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary students’ identities are fully reflected and represented” and “create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus for students within the LGBTQIA+ community,”
“Every person, regardless of their gender identity or the name they choose to go by, deserves to have identity documentation that reflects who they are,” Governor Hochul said in the press release.
SUNY Interim Chancellor, Deborah F. Stanley, stated that this policy is “the next concrete step toward ensuring SUNY’s current and future transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary students feel embraced and uplifted,” while alleging that there has been an “unprecedent effort to roll back LGBTQIA+ rights and opportunities.”
In 2021, SUNY passed a resolution requiring gender-neutral bathrooms to be implemented on its campuses, while also releasing a 25-Point Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan which includes the recommendations of closing equity gaps, embedding racial equity into curriculum, increasing diversity of staff and faculty, and strengthening the role of the Chief Diversity Officer on all SUNY campuses.
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