Published: 18:55, 23 October 2018
| Updated: 20:55, 23 October 2018
by Claisse Opulencia
Canterbury Christ Church students' union (CCSU) has introduced new gender pronoun badges.
Students can collect a free badge with a gender pronoun of their choice at the CCSU at St George's Place, Canterbury.
The 'he', 'she' or 'they' badges are to indicate which pronoun to use when addressing the wearer.
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Jamie Harris, president of well-being at CCSU, told student newspaper Unified he wants the badges to be a sign of support for transgender and non-binary students.
He said: “It is important that we offer these badges so that we can normalise the sharing of pronouns and everyone can be referred to without the generic grouping of trans and non-binary people.
“We are doing this to show support for our trans and non-binary students as well as raising the awareness of how we can be more inclusive around campus.”
CCSU says it encourages the use of badges to avoid the "misgendering" of students, especially those who are gender neutral or transgender.
A number of university student unions across the country introduced pronoun badges during freshers' week this year.
The CCSU said most had been supportive of the motion, stating it was a step forward towards a more trans-inclusive community, while others feared the "labelling has gone too far".
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