Following the introduction of a campus-wide policy where students at the University of Michigan can choose their own personal pronouns for the official campus roster, one student opted for “His Majesty.”
The university sent out an email to students that said the university is “committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness. Consistent with this value, the University has created a process for students to designate pronouns with the University and have those pronouns reflected on class rosters this fall.”
The initiative means that students will be officially registered by the university with their chosen pronoun and also requires other students to use whatever pronoun the person prefers.
Consequently, Grant Strobl, a conservative activist and chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom Board of Governors, chose “His Majesty” as his pronoun and consequently added it to the campus roster.
Speak to The College Fix, Strobl said, “I have no problem with students asking to be identified a certain way, almost like someone named Richard who would like to be called Dick. It is respectful to make a reasonable effort to refer to students in the way that they prefer.”
However he said that he does have a problem with the university making arbitrary pronouns an official university policy, so he said he should now be addressed as “His Majesty, Grant Strobl.”
He has consequently urged students to go on to the university intranet and “insert the identity of their dreams.”
— Grant Strobl (@grantstrobl) September 28, 2016
Strobl has since started a hashtag on Twitter called the #UMPronounChallenge which requires people to share their chosen pronoun having uploaded it to the university systems.