My Washington Post brother and I have talked about issues surrounding covering transgenders and people who identify as queer -- the "Mx." honorific (pronounced Mix), etc. Now comes this style memo from him, via Poynter:
It is usually possible, and preferable, to recast sentences as plural to avoid both the sexist and antiquated universal default to male pronouns and the awkward use of he or she, him or her and the like: All students must complete their homework, not Each student must complete his or her homework. When such a rewrite is impossible or hopelessly awkward, however, what is known as “the singular they” is permissible: Everyone has their own opinion about the traditional grammar rule. The singular they is also useful in references to people who identify as neither male nor female.As for Mx., Poynter reports that The New York Times standards editor Philip B. Corbett said in June that the Grey Lady was taking a wait-and-see approach.
“I don’t think we’re likely to adopt Mx. in the near future,” Mr. Corbett said. “It remains too unfamiliar to most people, and it’s not clear when or if it will emerge as a widely adopted term.”