The Oregon Department of Human Services has attracted criticism for stating the preferred pronouns, rather than sex, of three missing children.
The brothers Brantley Hinson, 7, Logan Hinson, 4, and River Hinson, two, went missing on June 17 and authorities said they had reason to believe they were at risk, KTVL reported.
In the identifying descriptions the division included ‘he/him’ pronouns alongside other descriptions such as age and hair color, a move that was dubbed ‘unbelievable’.
The children were found alongside their their mother Stephanie Lloyd on June 28 and the Child Welfare Division offered their thanks to the community that supported the search.
Preferred pronouns are used to signal a person is friendly towards transgender or non-binary people, whose gender may not align with their appearance – or be obvious in the first place.
One social media user said the use of the children’s gender identity was ‘unbelievable’ and normalized gender self-identification.