Princeton University is reportedly allowing its students to choose multiple answers to six options when classifying their gender.
The New Jersey school’s student services database allows, but does not require students to select one or more of the following: “Cisgender,” “Genderqueer/gender non-conform[ing],” “Trans/transgender,” “Man,” “Woman,” and “Other.”
“Students use TigerHub to provide the University with personal information on a confidential basis,” a university spokesman told Fox News. “This information includes emergency contacts, their preferred name, and, if they wish to provide it in response to an optional question, the gender with which they identify.”
Princeton, along with 50 or more colleges and universities across the United States makes it clear to incoming students that they do not specifically define their genders to the school and can even be both male and female.
“You may select multiple gender identities,” the form reads. “Your gender identity is confidential and is not generally available.”
The University of Michigan had one applicant put “His Majesty” when they allowed students to create their own pronouns as an option. His professor reportedly addressed him as such during class.
There’s a division among college communities over whether distinguishing between sex and gender is legitimate.
“The idea that sex and gender are distinguishable is just not true. It’s a lie,” Chris Gacek, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, told Fox News. “The purpose of the distinction ultimately is eliminating the difference between the sexes.”
But Susan Maasch, director of the Trans Youth Equality Foundation, praised the elite school for implicitly endorsing the distinction between sex and gender.
“The Ivy League schools have all taken a big role in helping trans students,” she told Fox News. “It starts there and trickles down to other students.”
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