A transgender colleague requires being referred to as "they" and not "he /she" In what number do I use verbs with this pronoun when it refers to a single person: they is/ are(?) a transgender ?
Anther example: When a person is elected the chair of the committee, they give(s?) an inaugural speech. I know I could say "he or she" gives, but this sounds to me too formal or too long. With a transgender, this option does not work; So, back to the transgender example: Do(es ?) they require being referred to as "they" ?