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The Vancouver School Board Has Given Its Students The Option Of Using Genderless Pronouns

After a heated community debate, the school board approved a policy last week that would give students the option of using the pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr."

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The school board already allows students to be addressed by their preferred name and pronoun.

#Congratulations @VSB39! -“xe +xem +xyr = we” http://t.co/l14LbW0VV3 #Diversity #CDNdiversity #Gender #SeeDifferent

Centre for Diversity@Cdn4Diversity

#Congratulations @VSB39! -“xe +xem +xyr = we” http://t.co/l14LbW0VV3 #Diversity #CDNdiversity #Gender #SeeDifferent

1:33 PM - 20 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

During the meetings leading up to the decision, many outraged parents attacked the plan. Some parents insisted that medical professionals should be a part of the decision.

Battle Signs are up!!! At the start of #vancouver school board meeting on transgender policy #cbc #vsb

Meera Bains@Meerakati

Battle Signs are up!!! At the start of #vancouver school board meeting on transgender policy #cbc #vsb

10:07 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The school board has acknowledged that the policy will only probably affect a small minority of students, but is important in making all students feel included.

A sea of pink at #vancouver School Board for the final meeting of our updates to our LGTtBQ policy. #vsb39 #bced

Rob Wynen@RobWynen

A sea of pink at #vancouver School Board for the final meeting of our updates to our LGTtBQ policy. #vsb39 #bced

3:10 AM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The policy will also allow students to use a genderless washroom, as well, if they so choose.

Pretty extraordinary scene outside the #vsb boardroom after the vote. Opponents crowding the door.

Ian Holliday@Ian_Holliday

Pretty extraordinary scene outside the #vsb boardroom after the vote. Opponents crowding the door.

4:42 AM - 17 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite