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Air Force allows use of nongendered pronouns in email signatures

Safe to say this would not have happened were Donald Trump in the White House.

According to Stars and Stripes:

Citing the need for clear and effective communication, the Air Force has authorized the optional use of gender pronouns he/him, she/her and they/them in electronic signature blocks for official email correspondence.

The mandatory update will be included in the Air Force handbook, The Tongue and Quill, the service’s leading reference on writing and speaking, said an Air Force memorandum issued earlier this month.

“An inclusive force is a mission-ready force, and I’m thankful to the LGBTQ Initiatives Team for helping us realize this opportunity to be a more inclusive force,” Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said in a statement Monday.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Initiative Team was created earlier this year to identify and work to resolve issues that impede the success of LGBTQ airmen and Guardians, according to the Air Force. The change was driven “by awareness of a restrictive policy that was being used against transgender Airmen and Guardians who were authentically representing themselves,” Lt. Col. Bree Fram, a co-lead of the initiatives team, said in a statement.

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