Baskin Robbins ain’t got nothing on New York City.
The ice cream shop boasts 31 flavors, but New York City’s got 31 genders.
As part of its non-discrimination policy, the city’s Commission on Human Rights released a list of different genders that businesses must accommodate or risk a six-figure fine, The Daily Caller is reporting.
Some of these genders, in addition to “man” and “woman” (yes, they’re still there) include “gender bender,” Hijra, Drag Queen, Two Spirit (an American Indian term), “gender gifted” and “pangender.”
Using the wrong pronoun when referring to an employee can result in a six-figure fine. But the city’s Human Rights Press secretary said the fines would not be levied if the wrong pronoun is used “accidentally,” only if they’re repeatedly used with malice. From The Volokh Conspiracy:
Feel uncomfortable about being forced to use terms that express social status views (“Milord”) or religious views (“Your Holiness”) that you may not endorse? Well, you should feel uncomfortable about people being forced to use “ze,” which expresses a view about gender that they might not endorse. And, more broadly, I think we should all feel uncomfortable about government regulators forcing people to say things that convey and support the government’s ideology about gender.
Here’s how part of the rule reads: “Intentional or repeated refusal to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title. For example, repeatedly calling a transgender woman “him” or “Mr.” after she has made clear which pronouns and title she uses.”