The following comes from a Jan. 21 story by Faithwire.
SACRAMENTO — The California legislature is recognizing a “non-binary designation as a gender” and banning the use of “he” and “she” in hearings, state Senate Judiciary Chair Hannah-Beth Jackson said last Thursday.
Jackson, of Santa Barbara, said, “We are using the phrase ‘they’ and replacing other designations so that it’s a gender neutral designation of they. Basically, that’s the primary reforms and revisions to the committee rules.”
However, during Senate hearing, Jackson failed to adhere to the newly imposed rules when she referred to her elementary school teacher as “her” instead of “them.”
“We are using what my grammar teacher would have had a heart attack over. We are using the phrase ‘they’. My grammar teacher’s long gone. And I won’t be hearing from her.”
Jackson was then interrupted by listeners who corrected her usage and demanded that she use the words they or them.
“Basically, that’s the primary reforms and revisions to the committee rules,” she added. “In the spirit of gender neutrality for the rules of this committee, we now designate the chair as ‘they.’”
On January 1, New York City joined California, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington in allowing people to designate a non-binary gender option on birth certificates.