State Department recognizes 'ze/zir/zirs' in celebration of International Pronouns Day

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The State Department engendered extensive backlash on social media after celebrating the diversity of pronouns from the department's Twitter account.

The U.S. Department of State celebrated International Pronouns Day, encouraging the public to "share their pronouns," including the neutral "ze/zir/zirs," via its Share America blog.

"These pronouns include the gender-neutral they/them/theirs — words that traditionally refer to a plural number but that today are used by some individuals who identify as gender nonbinary or who prefer not to share gender information," the Wednesday blog post said. "Other pronouns include the feminine she/her/hers and the masculine he/him/his. Some people are pioneering gender-neutral pronouns such as ze/zir/zirs."

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The State Department repeatedly reiterated that the statement of pronouns is becoming more popular within the United States, citing Big Tech companies' continued efforts to incorporate such designations into their platforms.

"Many Americans are including their pronouns on social media profiles or name tags or as part of email signatures," the article continues. "They state them in meetings, whether online or in person, and at other venues."

The department reminded readers that President Joe Biden signed an executive order that aimed to "prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation," though the order did not reference protocol related to pronouns, and Share America did not explain the relation.

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The department also touted the recent debut of the prefix "Mx." on White House contact forms and referenced its own June 30 decision to allow citizens to select either gender on U.S. passports regardless of other documentation.

U.S. passports "will eventually include an option for nonbinary, intersex and gender-nonconforming people," the State Department vowed.

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