The new pronoun "XE" is pronounced "me"
some schools in Vancouver are reported to he doing away with
the pronouns "he" and "she" for their transgender
pupils in favour of a new word, "XE".
The school board in the Canadian city has approved a new policy which
allows pupils to be referred to as "IE, mm and mo’ instead of "he or she",
him or her", and "his or hers". ‘We' re standing up tor lode and making
our schools safer and more inclusive," board member Mine Lombardi told
the Vancouver sun. Another change will allow children to choose to use
any toilet facilities they prefer, including a mandatory unisex option.
Opponents of the policy shouted "dictator" and "liar" at school trustees
when it was passed after only a brief debate at a rowdy public meeting
which had to be guarded by police. Parents who question the changes
argue that aren' t qualified to understand identify issues and
that as some of them can' t even use the toilet yet, much less decide
which washroom to do it in, National Post commentator Kelly
After another meeting in May, an angry parent told the can that
parents, psychologists and medical experts were not being listened to.
This is not meaningful conversation. This is politics of derision, it' s getting
people upset and angry," said Cheryl Chang.
Suggesting a possible alternative to m (pronounced "tee"), National
Post' s Kelly McFarland wrote: "The British long ago began using the term
one' - as in 'one does wish tor a glass of water" to get around this
problem, but it' s wowed as a bit cold and snooty, and therefore