A Colorado College job application features a controversial option that will no doubt inspire a wide range of reactions. While searching for jobs online, Pennsylvania resident John Kichi came across a question on the job application seeking gender information. It listed five choices: “Not Disclosed,” “Male,” “Female,” “Transgender,” or “Queer.”
Spokesperson for Denver’s LGBT Community, Rex Fuller stated:
“It’s true that for many years lots of people were called ‘queer’ and it was a derogatory term and they find it offensive, but there’s definitely a younger generation that is trying to reform the term and give it new meaning.”
That is the position that Colorado College is taking right now. They are claiming that by using the word “Queer” on their application, provides them the ability to become more inclusive.
Statement From Colorado College
“As an optional part of our employment application, Colorado College includes the terms ”male,” ‘female,’ ‘transgender’ and ‘queer’ for gender. This is a direct reflection of Colorado College’s commitment to create and sustain an inclusive campus community. Applicants are not required to provide this data; we request it so we can know the composition of the applicant pool and to support our efforts to be an Equal Employment Employer. The college also employs an LGBTQ specialist to provide support to students.”
A student of the college, Marley Jamason, says the term “queer” is changing.
“Colorado College is making an effort to be inclusive,” Jamason said. “’Queer’ is an umbrella term that encompasses a whole range of identities.”
According to Fuller,
“It’s important to look at context when the term is being used. If somebody is screaming it at you on the street … they mean to offend you and that’s probably not a good thing, “Fuller said. “But if someone is using it to identify themselves because that’s what they feel good about, then we support that.”