The New York City Department of Education has instructed teachers and faculty to address transgender students by their preferred pronouns  — whether that be “he,” “she,” “they” or “ze.” The directive was issued on Wednesday and came in the form of a 10-page memo detailing how schools and faculty should treat transgender students. The memo states that “all students have the right to have their gender identity recognized and respected by their school community.”

“Every student is entitled to be addressed by the name and pronoun that corresponds to the student’s gender identity that is consistently asserted at school,” the guidance reads. “Students are not required to obtain parental consent or a court ordered name and/or gender change as a prerequisite to being addressed by the name and pronoun that corresponds to their gender identity.” READ MORE