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University encouraging students to use gender-neutral pronouns like ‘ze’ and ‘zirs’
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee is encouraging students to use gender-neutral pronouns to help students feel more welcome as classes begin this month. The pronouns include ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, and xyr. “With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all,” wrote Donna Braquet in a posting on the university’s website. “One way to do that is to use a student’s chosen name and their correct pronouns.”