New ‘pronoun pins’ at You Kansas allows people to choose their gender

Kansas University libraries now offer students, staff and visitors the choice of wearing “gender inclusive” buttons to identify their preferred gender pronouns, to help promote a “welcoming environment” on campus.

The buttons, which read, “He/Him/His,” “She/Her/Her” or “They/Them/Their” are part of a year’s work on behalf of the KU library, “You belong Here” marketing campaign that the school is a warm, welcoming, and tolerant.

“Because the sex, itself, fluid and up to the individual, each person has the right to define their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask for the assumption that a person’s gender,” a sign in the library above the buttons reads, according to local media.

The library signs go on to explain that “misgendering” someone “can be hurt and cause emotional distress if that person considers their ultimate exclusion from the modern society, or in conflict with the “annulment” of their choices in life.

KU “front line” librarians who came up with the idea, and wear the buttons with pride. They say that the markers are so popular that the library has been the order of the buttons, and that students routinely ask for them.


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