Monday, January 02, 2017
University of Kansas students are being offered buttons spelling out their preferred gender pronouns
What about a button with the old instruction: "Call me anything but don't call me late for dinner"
University of Kansas students are being offered buttons through the school's library system meant to make their preferred gender pronouns clear.
Various University of Kansas Libraries employees now sport the square-shaped pins, with extra ones also doled out to interested students, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.
Library leaders say the buttons are part of the library system's 'You Belong Here' marketing effort meant to lure undergraduates and ensure that they feel welcome, including transgender students.
The buttons come in three versions: 'He him his,' ''She her hers' and, for people who don't identify themselves as male or female, 'They them theirs.'
'Because gender is, itself, fluid and up to the individual,' a sign at the libraries reads. 'Each person has the right to identify their own pronouns, and we encourage you to ask before assuming someone's gender.