‘Manholes’ Become ‘Maintenance Holes’ as Berkeley Replaces Terms in Municipal Code With Gender-Neutral Words

Residents walk through the People’s Park in Berkeley in an undated photo. (Credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

Residents walk through the People’s Park in Berkeley in an undated photo. (Credit: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

A manhole will become a maintenance hole, artisans will replace craftsmen and firefighters and police officers no longer will be identified by their gender in Berkeley’s city code under an ordinance passed by city leaders Tuesday.

The City Council voted unanimously to replace more than two dozen terms often used in the city’s municipal code with gender-neutral words.

“In recent years, broadening societal awareness of transgender and gender nonconforming identities has brought to light the importance of non-binary gender inclusivity,” council member Rigel Robinson wrote in a letter to the council in March.

Berkeley’s current municipal code contains mostly masculine pronouns, according to a city staff report.

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