In case you missed it, United Airlines announced this week that they’re really embracing the gender diversity goodness now and letting people book their flights with new options. And if you’re unhappy with the old pronoun choices of Mr, Mrs, Miss or Ms (Hey… why do guys only get one?), they’ve got you covered there also. It’s all part of their master plan to be open and embracing of something or other. (NBC News)
United flyers can now identify as M(male), F(female), U(undisclosed) or X(unspecified), and will have the option to choose the title “Mx.”
United Airlines will now offer travelers booking flights non-binary gender options for identifying themselves, the airline announced Friday.
“United is determined to lead the industry in LGBT inclusivity, and we are so proud to be the first U.S. airline to offer these inclusive booking options for our customers,” said United’s Chief Customer Officer Toby Enqvist in a statement.
Fly how you identify. Our new non-binary gender options are now available.
— United Airlines (@united) March 22, 2019
So, I suppose that’s an awesome level of wokeness, right? But United is a private business, so how they handle their booking system is mostly up to them. Still, there are some concerns when it comes to the various airlines’ intersection with the government in the form of the TSA. For law enforcement and anti-terror purposes, we need to know who is on every flight and be able to find them quickly in a pinch. Letting passengers fly as an “undisclosed” gender could present problems along those lines.
Where it gets more serious is when it comes to government-issued identification documents. Some of the more lefty states have been playing around with this concept for a while now. This includes Indiana, where they began issuing gender-confused licenses this year. Some lawmakers, however, are already having second thoughts. (CBS Chicago)
Republican Rep. Matt Hostettler filed an amendment to a senate bill Tuesday that would have eliminated the option. The amendment was ultimately not called up for a vote.
A different bill that passed out of committee Wednesday would make it harder to prove a new gender identity, requiring applicants to change their birth certificates first.
“I don’t think I need to prove that I go by an X gender,” Dutour said. “Nobody has asked me to prove that I go by an ‘F’ gender before.”
It would be shocking if Indiana actually mustered the votes to roll this back. Once states start drinking this particular Koolaid it’s hard to kick the habit. But unless we’re just going to throw out the science books entirely, it’s at least worth the effort to try. Personally, I don’t care what any adult wants to call themselves, but at least for purposes of law enforcement, we should have accurate public records, particularly when it comes to identification documents. Until someone can come up with a verifiable medical test to tell us if someone is transgender without asking them or to identify more than two, binary genders, this is all smoke and mirrors. And sooner or later we’re going to run into serious reasons to regret it.