A university in South Africa has decided to no use titles such as Mr‚ Ms or Mrs. The University of the Witwatersrand said it will stop using titles on any of communication with students. It took this to support people who were transgender or gender non-conforming. A from officials read: "The university realizes that it is invalidating and distressing for a who‚ for example‚ was...female at birth but identifies as male to be addressed by a non-affirming title." It added that people who were or non-binary are choosing the gender-neutral title "Mx," which is recognized in many countries across the .
The decision has been welcomed by the university community. The university said it, "opposes public and private discrimination on the of gender identity and gender ". A university official said: "We want people in university community to feel safe‚ supported and respected. As a transgender person myself‚ it means a lot being in a which is welcoming." A law professor said the action was, "the most wonderful for true equality across a multitude of ". She added: "It's a triumph for an understanding of the diversity of gender identity‚ sexual orientation and the right to be respected for you are."