The Pennsylvania Department of Education claims children as young as three can identify as transgender and lists “ne, ve, ze/zie and xe” as viable pronouns.
The website for the department also advises teachers to ask students before assuming what a student’s preferred pronouns might be.
“In addition to the traditional pronouns (he/him, she/her, they), some people prefer to use gender-neutral pronouns, such as ne, ve, ze/zie and xe,” the website says. “If you don’t know a student’s preferred personal pronoun, it’s always best to ask.”
According to the website, which is intended to be a guide for teachers, “binary gender” is the “faulty concept that there are only two genders: male and female” and “gender expression/gender presentation” is “how we show our gender to