Portland Mayor Amends City Charter To Be ‘More Inclusive Of All Gender Identities’

Portland Mayor Amends City Charter To Be ‘More Inclusive Of All Gender Identities’


“The language of the documents that guide the City should reflect our community,” Wheeler wrote on Twitter. “Today, Council authorized the City Auditor to remove feminine and masculine terms from the City Charter. This important step will help make our documents more inclusive of all gender identities.” 

The language of the documents that guide the City should reflect our community. Today, Council authorized the City Auditor to remove feminine and masculine terms from the City Charter. This important step will help make our documents more inclusive of all gender identities.

— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) November 13, 2020

Portland will remove the terms “he or she”, “his or her” and “himself or herself” to be replaced with gender neutral language, according to OPB. Terms like “policewoman” and “police matron” will also be nixed from the charter, the local outlet reported.

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The Democrat won re-election on Nov. 3 with a lead of around 19,000 votes, according to a separate OPB report. Voters chose Wheeler on the heels of months of unrest that followed the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, video

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