As America finds itself in one of its most precarious situations in decades, the State Department is getting its priorities in order.

These priorities, as it turns out, involve lecturing employees about the importance of recognizing and respecting other people’s gender identities.


According to a memo obtained by National Review, the State Department is seeking to “increase understanding of gender identity and provide guidance on gender identity language and best practices that support an inclusive work environment.”

NRO exclusively reported on the Feb. 4 cable:

The cable says that gender is a social construct and that gender identity is a person’s “innermost concept of self as masculine, feminine, a blend of both, or neither,” which “may or may not correspond with one’s sex assigned at birth.”

It suggests that State Department employees identify their pronouns in their email signatures and when introducing themselves in meetings “to show respect and avoid misunderstandings.”

“Commonly used pronouns could include she/her, he/him, they/them, and ze/zir,” the cable says, adding that some people use more than one set of pronouns and some people may accept all pronouns. “This is a personal decision that should be respected.”

The memo, signed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, also orders staffers to use “gender-neutral language whenever possible” and provides a list of “problematic” terms that should be avoided at all costs: 

 Problematic terms like “manpower,” “you guys,” “ladies and gentlemen” and even “mother/father,” “son/daughter,” and “husband/wife” should be avoided. Better to use terms like “labor force,” “everyone,” “folks,” “you all,” and “parent,” “child,” and “spouse” or partner” instead, the cable says.

“When speaking, avoid using phrases like ‘brave men and women on the front lines,’” the cable adds, suggesting that staffers “use more specific language such as ‘brave first responders,’ ‘brave soldiers,’ or ‘brave DS agents.’”

The cable also instructs State Department employees not to “pressure someone to state their pronouns,” to handle mistakes with “subtlety and grace,” and to remember that gender identity “may be fluid, so remain attuned to and supportive of shifts in pronouns.”


Needless to say, such orders of progressive compliance have become par for the course across the State Department and in the Biden administration as a whole. 

Just this week, Blinken released the department’s 2023 Equity Action Plan, which seeks to build upon a recent executive order from Joe Biden stating that federal agencies must make greater efforts to “address barriers to opportunity for underserved communities and to embed equity into all aspects of federal decision-making.”

The press release states:

With today’s release of the 2023 Equity Action Plan, the Department continues to implement these executive orders with five global strategic focus areas:  pursuing diplomatic efforts to combat hate and protect inclusive democracy; advancing racial equity and justice; protecting LGBTQI+ persons; promoting respect for international disability rights; and advancing gender equity and equality. 

These strategic focus areas bolster the Department’s enterprise-wide approach to integrating equity and inclusion operationally in foreign assistance; foreign policy development and implementation; public diplomacy; consular services; and procurement, contracts, and grants.

READ: Biden’s State Department Unveils ‘Equity Action Plan’ to Make Diplomacy More ‘Equitable’

With conflicts still raging across Ukraine and the Middle East, Americans will surely be delighted to know that their tax dollars are creating a comfortable environment for those suffering from gender dysphoria. 


It is, after all, a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to matters of international diplomacy, it’s the use of gender-neutral language that really brings together the bonds of human understanding. For those living in the real world, however, it is probably best not to expect an end to said conflicts anytime soon.