BERKELEY (CBS SF) – A newly passed ordinance in Berkeley is moving the city toward eliminating gender-specific language from the municipal code.
Under the Berkeley ordinance that was voted on Tuesday night aimed at eliminating both masculine and feminine pronouns and words, several commonly used terms would be changed to a gender-neutral form.READ MORE: Newsom Unveils State's COVID Recovery Plan; $75B Budget Surplus To Provide For Direct Payments
For example, manholes would become “maintenance holes,” a sorority or fraternity would be referred to as a “collegiate Greek system residence” and “pregnant women” would be called “pregnant employees.”READ MORE: Asian American Attacks: San Francisco Police Investigate Two Separate Assaults on Muni Buses in Tenderloin
Supporters of the new policy say it is a small move that recognizes non-binary gender inclusivity.MORE NEWS: CHP Seeks Driverless Tesla With Man Riding In Back Seat Along Bay Area Roads
A second reading of the ordinance has been scheduled for next Tuesday.