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Audre Mowry discusses preferred gender pronouns with other members of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. PGPs such as "they" or "ze" are used by some genderqueer people who identify as gender neutral or even both male and female.

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'Preferred' pronouns gain traction at US colleges

The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them — she, he or something else.

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