University of California Offers Up Six Options For Students to Describe Their “Gender Identity”

University of California Offers Up Six Options For Students to Describe Their “Gender Identity”

Pick a box. Any box. Whichever box suits your mood, actually.

Admission applications used by the UC system are giving potential students a host of choices for gender-related questions – including six choices to describe “gender identity.”

“The questions are voluntary and responses to the questions will not impact admissions decisions. Another question added to the application this year asks students’ sexual orientation, and offers “heterosexual or straight,” “gay or lesbian,” or a fill in the blank category.” Shelly Meron, UC Office of the President Spokesperson.

A fill in the blank category?

“Allowing the LGBT community to self-identify also supports the university’s priority of creating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment. Responses will also provide UC campuses with data that will help us better understand and meet the diverse needs of our students.”

The categories applicants can choose from are currently male, female, trans male/trans man, trans female/trans woman, gender queer/gender non-conforming and “different identity.”

The initiative began last year when former Obama crony gone UC President, Janet Napolitano formed a council to advise her on LGBT issue. In 2014, UC began adjusting its student record systems to allow students to indicate a preferred name to appear on campus records along with their legal name. Measures are also being taken to provide gender-neutral restrooms and a two-year project designed to coordinate and promote interdisciplinary study of genders and sexualities across the UC system is also in the works. (UCR Today) According to the UC Riverside publication, “the project will include convening UC stakeholders to identify ways to advance student learning about LGBT issues, and conclude with a system-wide symposium that will showcase research from students and faculty in the field of genders and sexualities.”

“UC is working hard to ensure our campuses model inclusiveness and understanding. I’m proud of the work we’ve done so far, but it doesn’t stop there – we must continue to look at where we can improve so everyone at UC feels respected and supported.”-Janet Napolitano

Students are divided on the issue. No surprise (we already know we are going to hell in a hand basket when these kids graduate), there is student support. But some students stated that the added options for gender identification may open up universities to more lawsuits.

You think? Shouldn’t “LGBT” (the way UC is viewing it anyway) be dubbed “LGBTQF” You know, “F” for “Fill In The Blank”? Or “LGBTW” with “W’ standing for “Whatever”? Just wondering if they’re limiting themselves in their listing of sexual preference options here. How about “Pansexuals” or “Omnisexuals” or those with various and sundry “Paraphilias”? I mean, we need to be all-inclusive, right? Why do those “Fill In The Blank”-types only get a “Fill In the Blank” category? You mean the guy who likes to dress up in the My Little Pony costume who likes other guys who wear My Little Pony costumes and sits in the front row of lecture hall does not get his own separate category on this thing? How inclusive is that?

I don’t understand this. Perhaps I am too old to understand all of this. Perhaps I just lack patience. I will tell you that if I had patience (and nothing else to do with my time), I would go online and fill out applications at UC just for grins. I would check the “Fill In The Blank” category.

Because today, I feel like a unicorn. A rainbow-spouting unicorn. I may not spout rainbows tomorrow. Maybe I’ll go for puking up Skittles. And that’s okay in University Utopia because according to The University of California, “I can be anything I want to be.”

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  • tc says:

    “Because today, I feel like a unicorn. A rainbow-spouting unicorn. I may not spout rainbows tomorrow. Maybe I’ll go for puking up Skittles. And that’s okay in University Utopia because according to The University of California, “I can be anything I want to be.””

    Great quote, can I borrow it???

  • Lisa Carr says:

    Of course! 🙂

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