Dallas Requires Officials To Use ‘Preferred Pronouns,’ Docs Reveal

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Dallas, Texas, city employees are required to use transgender people’s “preferred pronouns,” according to internal documents obtained by The Dallas Express.

The “workplace gender transition protocols” stipulate that employees have a “right” to be addressed by the pronouns they choose and that it is “a sign of respect for them as an individual.”

“City employees are expected to respectfully use the transitioning employee’s preferred name and pronouns, regardless of whether or not they ‘believe in,’ approve of, or accept and individual’s right to be transgender or undergo a gender transition,” the handbook states. (RELATED: ‘Not A Suitable Use’: Pentagon Cancels Air Force Base Drag Show Right Before Pride Month)

The city requires employees to use preferred pronouns even if the individual has not changed his or her legal gender, name, or pronouns. However, “some city records must match the employee’s legal name and cannot be altered.”

Transgender city employees are also allowed to use bathrooms that do not align with their biological sex, including in locker rooms and other single-sex spaces. (RELATED: Watch “Damaged: The Transing of America’s Kids”).

As the movement to allow biological males into female spaces such as restrooms gains momentum, many women and girls are sounding the alarm over the safety concerns involved. A mother is suing the Edmond School District in Oklahoma after a man allegedly entered the girl’s bathroom and brutally beat her 15-year-old daughter. An Illinois high school has reportedly threatened to discipline students who voice concern with the school’s policy to allow transgenders into the bathrooms of their choice.

Transgender employees who believe they have discriminated against can file a complaint with the Office of Equity & Inclusion.

Employees are also encouraged to identify how they wish the workplace to handle “occasional name and pronoun mistakes that may occur.”

Supervisors are expected to help employees “adjust to using the new name and pronoun(s) as soon as possible.”