my name is
my pronouns are
WHY ARE PRONOUNS IMPORTANT?
It's a gesture of respect for all gender identities and promotes awareness of transgender and gender nonconforming communities
Not using pronouns suggests that you don't care for someone's identity and implies that you think intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people don't exist
Pronouns in conversations, classrooms, and workspaces are professional and help make people feel welcome where they are!
THE REALITY FOR TRANS INDIVIDUALS:
adults in the US identify as trans
1 in 3 get harassed or assaulted
1 in 5 experience homelessness
47% are kicked out of homes
over 40% attempt suicide
WHAT ARE PRONOUNS?
A pronoun is a word that refers to either the people talking
Gender pronouns specifically refer to people that you are talking about.
"I" or "you"
or someone or something that is being talked about
Gender-neutral pronouns are words that don't specify whether the subject of the sentence is female or male.
If you're not sure which pronoun to use, you can also use that person's name.
Hello! My name is Megan and I prefer "they/them" pronouns. What are your preferred pronouns?
Hey! My name is Jordan and my pronouns are "ze/hir." What are your pronouns?
How do I ask for pronouns?
Hi! My name is Alex and I go by "they" pronouns. How should I refer to you?
Hey Megan! My pronouns are "she/her/hers!"
Hi Jordan! My pronouns are "xe/xem!"
How do I respond when someone asks me for my pronouns?
Hey Alex! I prefer "per/pers!"
What if I mess up?
Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. When you do,
Apologize quickly. Don't go on and on apologizing - it makes it super awkward for the person that was misgendered and they may feel they need to comfort you, which is not their job!
"When I first interviewed Max, he was - sorry, I mean, they were very professional and attentive..."
Correct yourself and move on!
If someone corrects you, thank them and move on!
"Lily was walking when she-"
"right, thanks! ze saw this turtle..."
Quickly correct someone if they misgender someone!
"What's he doing? That looks-"
"right, thanks! she looks like she's having fun..."
Don't make anyone feel like their pronouns or gender identity is a burden to you
"Thank you for sharing your authentic self with me, I am learning and I appreciate you!"