‘It’s Ridiculous’: State Dept Adds Mandatory Pronouns To Staff Emails

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the Freedom House 2023 Annual Awards Ceremony, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Associated Press diplomatic writer Matt Lee confronted a State Department official on the agency adding mandatory pronouns to officials’ emails at Thursday’s briefing.
  • Lee reported emails sent from the State Department had mandatory pronouns beside the individual’s name, giving them no option to decide whether they add their pronouns.
  • “Why? This is not an optional thing, this is something that has just been arbitrarily imposed,” Lee said. “I understand that people can have their pronouns attached if they wanted them to a signature before, but this is not something that anyone has a choice about, and so I’m just wondering, why and who made this decision.”