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UC's New Gender Pronoun and Lived Name Policy

November 18, 2020

The University of California has new, systemwide gender identity and name options for UC-issued documents and information systems, it said Tuesday. The university system “continues to fully embrace diversity in our country,” said President Michael V. Drake, announcing the new policy. John A. Pérez, chair of the UC Board of Regents, said as the state’s third-largest employer, “UC’s recognition of nonbinary gender identities and lived names supports broader transgender rights, which has been a long time coming for California and the nation.”

University students, employees, alumni, retirees, vendors, medical center patients and others may now choose from man, woman or nonbinary gender identification options on official documents. They may also choose a lived name, or preferred name, that differs from their legal name, as a default for all documents. The legal name will be kept confidential and not published.

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