I understand pronouns and their antecedents must agree (a singular pronoun must have a singular antecedent, and a plural pronoun must have a plural antecedent). However, I can not find an elegant writing option for singular pronouns, such as someone or everyone, without sounding gender biased.
"Everyone evacuated the city because he didn't want to expose himself to the deadly virus."
The above example may be correct but will sound gender biased to modern educated readers. If readers find the writing gender biased, they will be distracted from the content of the writing; thus, the writing will be rendered ineffective.
So modern tastes dictate the following:
"Everyone evacuated the city because he/she didn't want to expose himself/herself to the deadly virus."
The second example solves the gender bias problem but introduces the problem of clunky and graceless writing. The messiness of he/she, his/her, and himself/herself distracts readers (myself included). This gender unbiased writing is equally as ineffective as gender biased writing.
Is there an elegant solution that would allow pronouns and antecedents to agree without introducing gender bias or clunky writing?