Pelosi, McGovern propose removing "gendered" terms from House rules

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Jan 2nd, 2021 11:37 am
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Last Updated Jan 3rd, 2021 at 10:16 pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern proposed on Friday a change to the House of Representatives' rules package that would "honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral."

"[The proposed rules package changes] pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender-neutral or removes references to gender, as appropriate, to ensure we are inclusive of all Members, Delegates, Resident Commissioners and their families—including those who are nonbinary," McGovern said.

The House's Code of Official Conduct would replace familial terms like "father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister" with "parent, child, sibling."

Other gendered terms, such as "seamen" and "Chairman" would be replaced with "seafarer" and "Chair," respectively.

Pelosi and McGovern said their proposed rules package "makes this House of Representatives the most inclusive in history."


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