Registering as “non-binary” is now a non-issue at Yale.
A November petition by the Ivy League university’s LGBT community has successfully changed the Student Information System. Students may now select “M” for male, “F” for female, or “N” for non-binary.
Last year’s petition by Trans Rights Coalition was sent directly to Yale President Peter Salovey, the education watchdog Campus Reform reported Friday.
Some students were not placated by the university’s decision.
“If Yale cared to support gnb/gnc students, they might consider materially divesting from the gender binary, rather than providing an additional category to an already essentialized construction,” Casey Odesser told Yale News on Thursday. “[Gender identity is] relational and situated, fluid and unstable.”
The New Haven, Connecticut, school’s move comes four months after its 2022 class found a higher percentage of students who identify as part of the LGBT community than those with a politically conservative worldview.
Roughly 14 percent of the class identifies as bisexual/pansexual/gay/lesbian compared with roughly 10 percent of students who possess a conservative ideology.
“Nearly three-fourths of respondents identify as ‘very liberal’ or ‘somewhat liberal,’” the university’s newspaper reported in September. “While just over 16 percent said they were centrist, and almost 9 percent somewhat ‘conservative,’ slightly less than 2 percent of respondents identified as ‘very conservative.’”