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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 8 comments on Students’ Pronouns and Gender Identities Are First Change in BU’s Updated Data System

  1. The term “preferred pronouns” is outdated. It implies that it’s just a preference. The up to date way of sharing pronouns is simply to say “my pronouns are…”

  2. Please take cues on language from the wonderful folks who were quoted in the article. It’s not best practice to refer to pronouns as “preferred pronouns”, they simply ARE the pronouns that someone goes by, and are not just a preference.

    The title would be more accurately written as: “Students can adjust their pronouns and gender identity…”

      1. Hi Doug – Thank you for updating the article and the title. The article URL (and the headline that appears when the article is linked) still says “preferred” which is why you may continue to get that feedback.

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