Harvard BGLTQ Community: Rejecting Pronouns, Common Sense & Journalistic Standards

Who doesn’t need a little Harvard humor now and then?  As you might know David attended law school there, which my dad has never pronounced any other way than “Hah-vahrd.”

For your weekend enjoyment, it just doesn’t get any better than this kind of political and sexual correctness:

Harvard has appointed Vanidy “Van” Bailey as the College’s first permanent director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. Bailey, the assistant director for education at the University of California, San Diego, will assume the new position on July 16.

The article goes on to explain that Bailey “oversees programs at the BGLTQ Resource Center and advises student organizations.”

But the best part of the entire article is the “correction” at the end of the article:

CORRECTION: July 3

An earlier version of this article used the pronoun “she” to refer to Vanidy “Van” Bailey, the newly appointed director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. In fact, Bailey prefers not to be referred to by any gendered pronoun.

Read the announcement here, and feel free to welcome her/him to her/his new position in the comments section.  (Though I see the Harvard Crimson has already flagged one comment.  While I have no doubt that a rude remark might have been left under the article, I think the entire piece could easily have been marked as “inappropriate!”)

 

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