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DC Will Fine You for Calling a Transgender the Wrong Pronoun – Use “Ze” and “Zer” Instead

Posted on 30 June 2016

In Washington DC you can now be fined for referring to a transgender person by the wrong pronoun.

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The Human Rights office also makes it a crime to ask transgenders about their sexual identity. The office suggests you use “Ze” and “Zer” when referring to transgenders at work.
The Daily Caller reported:

Employers and employees in Washington D.C. are legally prohibited from referring to a transgender employee or coworker by the “wrong” pronouns or asking “personal questions” about their gender identity, according to the city’s Office of Human Rights (OHR).

OHR published a best practices guide for “valuing transgender applicants and employees” earlier this month with a list of “behaviors by supervisors or coworkers [that] may be considered unlawful harassment or a hostile work environment.”

One of the listed prohibited behaviors is: “Deliberately misusing a person’s preferred name or pronoun.”

“Asking personal questions about an individual’s body, gender identity or expression or transition” and “Posting offensive pictures or sending offensive communications” are also among the prohibited behaviors…

…The “best practices” guide featues a chart on “gender and gender-neutral pronouns” that includes the gender-neutral pronoun “ze.” The chart includes example phrases using the gender-neutral pronoun, such as “Ze smiled,” “I met zir,” “Zir bike” and “Ze is zirself.”

Here’s an example pronoun chart:
Remake Pronouns 101

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