The student news site of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Lake Balboa, CA

The Pearl Post

  • October 18Spirit Week 10/23 - 10/27

  • September 20No School Thurs 9/21

  • September 1Back-To-School Night is Thursday Sept. 7

Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

A+student+is+wearing+a+shirt+that+holds+the+symbol+for+gender+neutrality+and+multi-gender%2C+while+surrounded+by+preferred+gender+pronouns+and+the+contradiction+of+others.
A student is wearing a shirt that holds the symbol for gender neutrality and multi-gender, while surrounded by preferred gender pronouns and the contradiction of others.

A student is wearing a shirt that holds the symbol for gender neutrality and multi-gender, while surrounded by preferred gender pronouns and the contradiction of others.

Christine Valenzuela

Christine Valenzuela

A student is wearing a shirt that holds the symbol for gender neutrality and multi-gender, while surrounded by preferred gender pronouns and the contradiction of others.

Jade Ajileye

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






No pronoun belongs to any certain sex, meaning pronouns aren’t assigned to or just for males or females. In short, all pronouns are gender neutral.

This belief has gained popularity as more schools and workplaces try to meet the needs of the genderqueer and transgender community. This year, our school has become more open in asking students their preferred gender pronoun as to avoid misunderstandings and because it would be a disservice to some students otherwise.

“It is a reflection of the needs of our students,” Magnet Coordinator Nicole Bootel said. ”We would like to treat people the way they want to be treated. I think that people want to be referred to in a manner that’s comfortable to them. It’s a simple enough adjustment.”

These changes are the result of recent campaigns for gender-neutral bathrooms. DPMHS is ahead of the curve, having these accommodations in place for four years now ahead of any other high school in LAUSD.

Gender identity for most people is the same as their biological sex or their gender expression fits enough into traditional norms that people can correctly assume their pronouns are either “he” or “she.” However, for those that don’t fall into this category, assumptions can be considered rude and limiting.

“Pronouns are an unavoidable fact of the English language, and people deserve the common decency of being referred to in a way that reflects who they are and how they identify,” said Tatiana Fiermonte, a representative of the LGBT National Help Center, in an interview.  “It isn’t a question of respect or kindness, it is a minimum standard of decency.”

Other pronouns like ‘they’, ‘ve’, ‘ze’ and ‘xe’ exist, all are gender neutral pronouns the LGBT community approves of and utilizes so it is courteous to practice asking someone how they identify to avoid confusion.

“You can’t always tell someone’s gender or what they prefer to be called by appearances so by asking you put the ball in their court,”said an anonymous representative of Equality California, an LGBTQ organization in Los Angeles, in an interview. “Support people by dignifying how they perceive themselves and their own gender. Be polite and try to empathize, imagine you were in someone else’s shoes and people judged you by how you look.”

By not jumping to conclusions, you’re modeling respectful pronoun use for others and promoting tolerance. The use of preferred gender pronouns in schools is progressive and a great way to promote inclusion and support students.

“The ideal method is to create an environment where people feel comfortable declaring for themselves how they identify,” Fiermonte said.” And maybe ask globally rather than asking specific individuals. It creates an atmosphere that is inherently more welcoming and understanding of the diverse experiences of gender people have.”

It’s a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender. If you have this privilege, yet fail to respect someone else’s identity, you’re being oppressive.

You should correct yourself when you misgender someone on purpose or not,” an anonymous freshman said. ”Transgender people deserve respect just as any other human being. PGPs are important because trans people need a voice to be heard; because we feel disrespected, invalidated, and dismissed, when they’re not used.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    Current meal plan lacks student vegan options

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    Hopeful beginning to refined issues

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    Online presence to improve this year

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    Undocumented immigrants affected by end of DACA

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    “13 Reasons Why” show does not glorify suicide

  • Opinion

    Online editorial: Enhancing our online presence

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    An editor-in-chief’s swan song

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    Summer body expectations are no longer in style

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    Marches unite groups of people to work together for their purpose

  • Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns

    Opinion

    Editorial: Drugs on campus cause disruption in learning environment

The student news site of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Lake Balboa, CA
Students accepted through preferred gender pronouns