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Dictionary Adds Non-Binary "they"

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Rainbow Families celebrates this development as a much-needed step for our families' equality, acceptance and safety

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Merriam-Webster added a new definition of the word “they” to its dictionary, declaring the pronoun may be used to refer to a “single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.”

“They” is a liberating pronoun for many non-binary individuals who identify as genders other than male or female. For many Americans, the use of “they” as a singular pronoun can be ungrammatical and confusing.

But Merriam-Webster’s announcement, made on Twitter on Tuesday, marked an official stamp of approval on a term that has become increasingly common as non-binary identities become more visible than ever.

State and city governments, including in the District, California and New York, have begun offering a gender option of “X” on identification cards. Airlines, school districts and colleges nationwide are also allowing alternative gender markers.

Article by Samantha Schmidt - Washington Post

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