University of New Mexico students approve ‘gender‑neutral’ constitution

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Students at the University of New Mexico have voted to make all pronouns in the student government’s constitution gender-neutral.

The Daily Lobo reports that 81 percent of students voted to pass a constitutional amendment on the change. Now, all pronouns in the constitution of the Associated Students of UNM will consist of they/them/they’re as the primary form of identification.

ASUNM President Rachel Williams says the amendment is a big step toward campus-wide inclusiveness for students.

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Frankie Flores, administrative assistant at the LGBTQ Resource Center, attributes the change to growing awareness about the transgender community.

Williams says that the language in the constitution will also now be more uniform with the ASUNM Law Book, in which terms like “they” and “the body” are used.

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