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LGBT group: Students should use others' preferred pronouns 'whether they're within earshot or not

According to one college's LGBT group, It's no longer good enough merely to use someone's preferred pronoun in that person's presence, now you have to do so when you're not with the person in question. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Amid the ongoing leftist push for enforcing preferred pronoun usage as "gender identity" grows more "fluid" and feelings-based, an LGBT group at the University of Georgia has taken things a step further.

It's no longer good enough merely to use someone's preferred pronoun — e.g., "ze" or "they" as opposed to "she" or "he" — in that person's presence. According to the school's LGBT Resource Center, now you have to do so even if you're not with that person.

“Respecting someone’s gender identity means using their pronouns, whether they're within earshot or not,” according to the group's “How-To Guide” on pronoun usage, Campus Reform reported.

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The pamphlet also includes a chart listing traditional and gender-neutral pronouns, as well as a worksheet to help students practice using them in various forms, the outlet reported.

So rather than using the standard “s/he” or "her/him," students are encouraged to employ "they," "ze," "per" and "ve" as well as "hir," "them," "per" and "ver."

There also are other variations, including "hirs," "hirself," "eirs" and "eirself."

And don't forget "vis," "vers" and "verself."

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An accompanying “How-To Guide” provides example sentences, directing students to fill in the blank with a pronoun from the appropriate numbered column.

The guide also includes advice for those who may be uncomfortable using gender-neutral pronouns, encouraging them [to] volunteer their own preferred pronouns and ask others to specify theirs.

“It isn’t rude to ask someone what their pronouns are. Ask away! They will be glad that you care enough to get it right,” the guide assures, the outlet reported.

The guide also suggests students should “introduce yourself with your name and your pronouns so that others will feel comfortable doing the same,” Campus Reform said.

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And if you don't use someone's preferred pronoun and haven't asked? Just use “they, them, and their," the guide says, according to the outlet.

Campus Reform said the LGBT Resource Center did not respond to requests for comment, but reported that the group is active on campus in other capacities:

On January 12-14, for instance, it is co-sponsoring a two-and-a-half-day Social Justice Retreat “to create a safe space for undergraduate students of all backgrounds to explore issues of diversity, identity, and inclusion, and how these concepts show up in large and small ways.”

The LGBT Resource Center also offers a Safe Space training several times throughout each semester. The training lasts for three and a half hours and is for faculty, staff, and students who are “interested in learning about gender and sexual identity, homophobia, heterosexism, and how they can provide support and work toward being an ally for the LGBT community.”

(H/T: Washington Times)

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