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University of Pittsburgh creates gender-inclusive language guide

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  • The University of Pittsburgh has created a voluntary gender-inclusive language guide.
  • The guide encourages students to share their pronouns and includes examples of non-gendered pronouns.
  • It is noted that the guide is voluntary and students aren’t required to follow it.

The University of Pittsburgh has created a voluntary gender-inclusive language guide to aid students.

The guide encourages students to share their pronouns and includes examples of non-gendered pronouns, such as “yinz” as a substitute for “ladies and gentlemen” and “they” and “ze.”

“To avoid unintentionally creating a sexist and homophobic classroom environment, during discussions do not limit yourself to male examples or heterosexual examples,” the guide states. 


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“Teachers can and should honor the breadth of experience and potential in students’ lives by discussing women, gender non-conforming, and LGBT- identified people.”

It is noted that the guide is voluntary and students aren’t required to follow it.

“The University of Pittsburgh is committed to supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all,” the university said in a statement. “This resource was created for campus community members as part of our ongoing effort to promote dialogue on gender identity issues. It is not part of any official institutional policy and does not necessarily reflect the views of the University.”


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