A person’s pronouns convey their gender identity. Transgender, gender nonconforming, gender-fluid, non-binary, and other LGBTQ+ people use a wide variety of pronouns that affirm who they are. Using someone’s self-defined pronouns respects all identities on the spectrum.
Small things you can do to make a difference
- First, know that it is likely you will make a mistake. If so, apologize, correct yourself, and move on.
- If you hear someone using the incorrect pronoun you can gently correct them.
- Avoid assuming people’s gender identity (who they know themselves to be on the inside) based on their gender expression (what they present on the outside).
- If you are in a group setting, avoid using terms like guys/ladies; try using neutral terms like people, folks, y’all, or yinz.
- The best way to avoid mistakes is to practice using gender-neutral pronouns whenever and wherever you can or refer to people by their name.