Berkeley city council said that having a male-centric municipal code does not effectively reflect the reality of their city when it comes to gender issues. In a report by People, a website that provides news about celebrity and human-interest stories, they mentioned that the city in California voted to move forward with an ordinance that would remove certain words to promote gender neutrality.
According to a report by CNN, council member Rigel Robinson, the primary author of the bill, said that the measure went through without discussion or controversy. According to the measure, the city would replace all gendered pronouns such as “he” or “she” in Berkeley’s city codes with gender-neutral pronouns like “they” or “them”, or the specific title of the individual.
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Also, gendered words like “manhole,” “manmade,” “policewoman,” and “salesman” would be changed to a gender-neutral term. For example, the word “manhole” will be replaced with the words “maintenance hole” once the measure successfully happens. The council member posted his praise for the ordinance on Twitter, where he said, “Tonight, Berkeley City Council adopted first reading of an ordinance responding to my proposal revising the municipal code to include gender-neutral pronouns."
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The authors explained that by updating the city code, they will effectively promote equality among genders. Reports say that the measure will be reviewed once again and, if it passes, changes are expected to take effect in late August.
“Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that,” Robinson said in an interview.