Unelected Gov Kathy Hochul demands New York state colleges commit to new pronoun policies

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday that the board of trustees for State University of New York has directed all of its 64 campuses to update their policies to include the use of preferred pronouns and a chosen name to ensure that transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary students’ identities are fully reflected and represented in campus systems.

“Every person, regardless of their gender identity or the name they choose to go by, deserves to have identity documentation that reflects who they are,” Hochul said in a press release. “This historic change by the SUNY system is a victory in our ongoing fight to ensure that New York is a place of love and belonging. My administration remains committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQIA+ community.”

New York Lt. Gov. Delgado said the change ensures that all members of the LGBTQ community are welcome on campus.

“SUNY’s new chosen name and pronoun policy being rolled out at all 64 SUNY campuses will provide all students with access to a welcoming higher education environment where they can be themselves,” Delgado said. “By providing equity for all SUNY students, New York is once again proving that we are the nation’s leader when it comes to forward-thinking policies that advance acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

The announcement comes as individuals across the nation celebrate Pride Month, which is historically the entire month of June.

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