[OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] OIF bylaws text changes for gender neutrality
robert at cathey.co
Wed Oct 27 17:47:59 UTC 2021
Wow. Good catch. Guess it's awesome we've not had any since 2019. :-)
On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 1:39 PM Mohammed Naser <mnaser at vexxhost.com> wrote:
> It looks good, but as I was going through it, I noticed that it still
> listed Lauren Sell as a foundation contact for code of conduct
> reports. Perhaps we can slip in a replacement at the same time?
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 1:32 PM Sean McGinnis <sean.mcginnis at gmail.com>
> > Thank you Allison, this looks great. Glad to see this moving forward.
> > Sean
> > On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:16 PM Allison Randal <allison at lohutok.net>
> >> Hi all,
> >> In the March OIF board meeting, the Diversity & Inclusion working group
> >> proposed some minor changes to the bylaws to use more gender-neutral
> >> language. We've completed legal review on the changes, so we're ready
> >> for broader community review and feedback now, and then will plan for
> >> the OIF board to vote on the changes in the next board meeting in
> >> I've attached a PDF with a redline markup of the changes, all comments
> >> are welcome. The changes are relatively simple:
> >> a) "Chairman" changes to "Chair" throughout the document.
> >> b) Consistently uses they/their as the gender-neutral 3rd person
> >> singular pronoun. This replaces all instances of he/his, and all cases
> >> where we previously had incomplete gender neutrality with "his or hers",
> >> "he or she", and other variations that explicitly listed two genders.
> >> While this use of they/their as 3rd person singular isn't universal, it
> >> is very common in modern usage. And, the bylaws already have an explicit
> >> statement that any pronouns should be read as singular/plural as needed:
> >> "6.7 _Pronouns._ All pronouns used in these Bylaws shall be deemed to
> >> refer to the masculine, feminine or neuter, singular or plural, as the
> >> identity of the person or persons may require."
> >> The updates change a few words in protected sections of the bylaws, so
> >> after the board vote, we'll need independent votes from the OpenStack
> >> Technical Committee and Platinum Members, and will include these changes
> >> in the annual Gold Member and Individual Member votes (for Gold and
> >> Individual Directors). So, it'll probably be mid- to late-January before
> >> the changes are fully reviewed and approved.
> >> Thanks,
> >> Allison
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