The AP Stylebook, the style guide the university follows for most of its communication, has updated sections on sex and gender.
- Transgender: This term describes someone whose gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth. Some nonbinary people also consider themselves transgender.
- When writing about sex, use the term sex assigned at birth when referring to someone who does not identify with the assigned gender.
- When writing about pregnancy, use pregnant women or women seeking abortions. Pregnant people is also acceptable for people who do not identify as women.
- Don’t refer to male or female hormones. Instead, name the specific hormone.
- Use a transgender person’s previous name, or deadname, very rarely. You should only use it if required to understand the news or if requested by the person.
- Avoid terms like biological male or female.
- Use LGBTQ where appropriate.
- Instead of saying someone has preferred or chosen pronouns when writing, say phrases like the pronouns they use, whose pronouns are, who uses are, etc. If you are uncertain which pronouns to use, it’s OK to ask.
- Growing numbers of people, including some transgender, nonbinary, agender or gender-fluid people, use they/them/their as a gender-neutral singular personal pronoun.
- Avoid phrasing that misgenders people or implies doubt, such as former men’s swimmer or currently competes as a woman. It’s best to rephrase to formerly competed with men or current member of the women’s team, etc.
- When writing about transgender players that are banned from playing on teams in line with their gender, choose phrasing that accurately describes this restriction.