California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson warned last week that only “gender neutral” pronouns would be permitted during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
Words like “he” and “she” are to be prohibited, Jackson explained, in favor of “they.”
“I’d like to note — in respecting the fact that we are now a state recognizing the non-binary designation as a gender— he and she, we are now merging them so we are using what my grammar teacher would have had a heart attack over: We are using the phrase ‘they’ and replacing other designations so it’s a gender-neutral designation: ‘they,'” she said. “Basically, that’s the primary reforms and revisions to the committee rules.”
Immediately after announcing the ban, Jackson failed to adhere to her own rule, using the pronoun “her” to describe her former grammar teacher.
“The world is a different place. My grammar teacher is long gone and we won’t be hearing from her,” prompting listeners to interject and demand she abide by her own regulation.
“From them,” someone emphasized.
“From them, exactly,” Jackson replied. “From they!”
In 2017, California became the first state in the union to implement a third gender option, allowing a “non-gender binary” to be included on birth certificates, marriage licenses, drivers licenses and other state-issued documents.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB179, the Gender Recognition Act, enabling California residents to select an “option x” or “non-binary option on official state documents.
On January 1, New York City, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington joined California in instituting a non-binary option on their birth certificates.