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An Open Letter to FCPS: The necessity of adding a non-binary option on school-related forms

A third option is necessary when selecting gender on school-related forms.

by Beau Cameron, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019

Dear FCPS: In 2019, the District of Columbia’s public school system will apply a third gender marker on their enrollment forms, allowing students to select “non-binary” rather than male or female when indicating the child’s gender. Almost all public school districts in Maryland and the D.C. region include gender identity as a protected class in their non-discrimina...

Changing to gender neutral pronouns signifies respect

Jack Adams, Avalon Gravley, and Beau Cameron show off their

by Beau Cameron, Editor

September 20, 2016

When referring to a male, you use he/him pronouns. You refer to females by she/her pronouns. So what do you call someone with no gender? Depending on who you ask, the answer varies. The English language has no gender-neutral singular pronoun to refer to individuals who identify as non-binary (not exclus...

He, She, We….Ze?

Quote adapted from Gone Girl by David Fincher

by Olivia DuBro, Editor-In-Chief

December 11, 2015

Just as Americans are beginning to accept same-sex marriages, the LGBT community pushes for more--and it's intrusion on sacred ground: Grammar. The LGBT community and its allies have introduced the entirely new pronouns, ze/zir, so Americans can speak more gender inclusively, and major universities are adopting the terms. Harvard Un...

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