Oxford University is now giving staff and students the option to use the gender-neutral title ‘Mx’ (pronounced ‘mux’, ‘mix’, or ‘mixter’) in official records, as an alternative to the previous gendered titles.The change, which is understood to have been introduced following consultation with OUSU and the LGBTQ Society, came into effect at the end of last term. Individuals will also have the option of giving no title at all.Current students who would prefer to adopt the gender-neutral title or use no title at all are able to change their records through their colleges or departments. Undergraduate and Postgraduate students applying for entry in 2015 will also be able to make use of the title.Rowan Davis, trans rep for Oxford University LGBTQ Society told Cherwell, “Providing an option for gender neutral titles is vital for producing a safer space for trans people.”A spokesperson for the University commented, “The University is now giving students the option to use the gender-neutral title ‘Mx’ on official administrative systems.”They continued, “The decision follows the gradual adoption of ‘Mx’ as the most commonly-recognised gender-neutral title in the UK. It is now used by the Passport service, the DVLA, many high street banks and an increasing number of universities. The University’s admissions service UCAS has also decided to introduce the ‘Mx’ option for applicants in the 2015 cycle”.‘Mx’ is the most popular gender neutral title among non-binary people. Usage of the title was given a boost when, in 2013, Brighton and Hove City Council voted to allow it on council forms, though it does not yet have widespread official recognition across the rest of the country.LGBTQ Soc trans rep Alyson Cruise remarked, “It’s taken some time, but we are really happy with how hard the University is working to improve the experience of being trans at Oxford. There are still some holdouts around but the uni as a whole is really trying.”Likewise, Oriel College LGBTQ rep Kate Bradley told Cherwell, “The introduction of Mx is good news for all gender non-binary and trans people at Oxford, but it’s also great for anyone who feels uncomfortable providing their gender in situations where it seems irrelevant. In the wake of news that Ruskin College will be providing gender-neutral toilets on campus soon, I think all of us can feel like progress is really being made”.However, some sources within LGBTQ Soc have suggested that a preferable option would be to expand the options available to students, rather than offer just one gender neutral title option.An anonymous trans student told Cherwell that it would be preferable “for the University to look at the possibility of having a blank box to be filled in” by people, so that they are able to choose their own title; there are a number of additional titles that transpeople may wish to adopt, including ‘Misc’ (from the Latin word ‘miscellus’, meaning ‘mixed’), or ‘Ind’ (short for ‘individual’).The University made headlines two years ago when it changed its dress code policy to allow people to wear non-gender specific subfusc.
EVER since the coronavirus pandemic started taking charge from the month of March, cricketing tournaments have gone for a toss.India have also suffered from that aspect as apart from the bilateral series against South Africa being cancelled, the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) has also become doubtful. It was scheduled to get underway on March 29 at the Wankhede Stadium.However, the tournament had to be postponed for an indefinite time period due to the lockdown and the continuous increase in COVID-19 cases. The situation has worsened to the extent that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also been contemplating moving the T20 event out of India. Arun Dhumal, the BCCI treasurer, said that it’s about safety of the players.“If it is safe for our players to play IPL in India, then it would be our first preference but in case the situation does not permit and we are not left with any choice and a window is available then we can look at moving IPL 2020 out of India,” Dhumal was quoted in an exclusive interview with Times Now.Back in 2009, the entire IPL had to be shifted to South Africa, that time because of the political scenario in India. The Lok Sabha Elections were underway and the security forces weren’t available for the matches. Even in 2014, a part of the tournament had to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the same reason.“We have done it in the past in South Africa. We may not want to do it willingly but if that’s the only possibility then there is not much anyone can do about it,” Dhumal stated.Earlier, it was learned that the world’s richest cricket board could end up incurring losses worth INR 4 000 crore if the IPL doesn’t take place. The cricketers could also face pay cuts from the board.Previously, if reports are to be believed, Sri Lanka and the UAE have offered to host the IPL. But the BCCI treasurer sounded concerns about travel restrictions and other problems in the pandemic situation.“No country is safe from the COVID-19 pandemic so it’s not going to be easy if we decide to shift IPL out of the country and take players to Sri Lanka, Dubai or South Africa. The situation is almost the same everywhere, international travel restrictions are also a problem.“Sri Lanka was okay but in the last couple of days cases have risen there so problems are there; we need to deal with them,” he added. (CricTracker)