Mind your ze’s and q’s: NYC to fine you $250,000 for using non-“preferred” gender pronouns
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
Want to be a “ze” instead of a “she”?
Well, if you live in New York City, your fellow Gothamites had better say “ze”–or else. The “else” is a fine of up to $250,000, to be levied by the city’s Commission on Human Rights for the brand-new offense of “misgendering” someone.
The commission just before Christmas issued a set if guiidelines, endorsed, natch, by oh-so-progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio that are supposed to implement a 2002 local law forbidding discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual identity. Although the law itself doesn’t prohibit “misgendering,” the commission’s guidelines sure do. In fact, “failing to use an individual’s preferred name or pronoun” is Violation Numero Uno:
“The NYCHRL requires employers and covered entities to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.
“Most individuals and many transgender people use female or male pronouns and titles. Some transgender and gender non-conforming people prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers, such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir. 10 Many transgender and gender non-conforming people choose to use a different name than the one they were given at birth.”
And to further mess up the minds of New Yorkers, get this: While it’s a $250,000 offense to call a biological woman who looks like a man “she,” it’s also a $250,000 offense to call a biological woman who looks like a a man “he.”
“Examples of Violations…
“b. Refusal to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun, or title because they do not conform to gender stereotypes. For example, calling a woman ‘Mr.’ because her appearance is aligned with traditional gender-based stereotypes of masculinity.”
In other words, you’re damned if you do call the gal “Mr.”–and you’re damned if you don’t call the gal “Mr.” I’m sure glad I don’t live in New York!