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The University of Michigan is giving students gender pronoun options

Sep 28, 2016

Let's say you were given a male name at birth, but you don't identify as a male. Well, the University of Michigan will now let you choose your preferred pronoun.

Those pronouns will appear on class rosters beside students' names.

Students can choose the pronoun he, she, or they ... or fill in their own.

"This was a proposal brought forward by a group of students working through our Spectrum office on campus," said university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald.

"It's important to our students to have those choices and to have a way in which they can express those choices officially," he said.

The university isn't breaking new ground by doing this, according to Fitzgerald. Eastern Michigan University has a similar initiative.