Pronouns

What are Pronouns?

  • Pronouns are a set of words that can stand in a sentence in place of a person's name for ease of flow. Typically pronouns are tied to gender, so the conscious use of pronouns is important to respecting gender identity. 
  • Gender-neutral pronouns are pronouns that do not imply gender, male or female.  They/them and neopronouns are gender-neutral.

Respecting Pronouns

Pronouns are a reflection of someone's gender identity, and to ignore that is to say that their identity isn't valid. Even when the person isn't around, using the correct pronouns to refer to them says to those around you that you acknowledge the person's identity, regardless of how you feel about the person, and encourages others to do the same.

It may seem difficult at first, if you're used to assuming peoples' pronouns. Keep in mind that this is a habit like any other, and all it takes to break that habit is time and dedication. If you take the small effort required to respect pronouns, it will mean a world of difference to any trans person you encounter, and if you influence others to do the same, you can make the world a better, safer place for trans people. If you have questions about this please contact the LGBT Resource Center for more information.

Multiple Pronouns

Some people may use multiple pronouns. You can use any of those pronouns that they allow.

Common Pronouns

  • He/Him/His 
  • She/Her/Hers 
  • They/Them/Their 

Neopronouns

  • Xe/Xem/Xyr 
  • Ey/Em/Eir 
  • Zie/Zim/Zir
  • Ve/Ver/Vis
  • Ne/Nem/Nir
Pronouns Table
  Subject Object
Possessive 
Adjective 
Possessive 
Pronoun 
Reflexive
Common Pronouns
She  She is fun. I texted her. Her pronouns. That is hers. She loves herself.
He He is fun.  I texted him. His pronouns.  That is his. He loves himself.
They They is fun.  I texted them. Their pronouns.  That is theirs. They love themself.
Neopronouns
Xe Xe is fun.  I texted xem. Xyr pronouns.  That is xyrs. Xe loves xemself.
Ey Ey is fun.  I texted em. Eir pronouns.  That is eirs. Ey loves emself.
Zie Zie is fun.  I texted zim. Zir pronouns.  That is zirs. Zie loves zirself.
Ve Ve is fun.  I texted ver.  Vis pronouns.  That is vers. Ve loves verself.
Per Per is fun.  I texted per. Pers pronouns.  That is pers. Per loves perself.
Sie Sie is fun.  I texted sir. Hir pronouns.  That is hirs. Sie loves hirself.
Ne Ne is fun.  I texted nem. Nir pronouns.  That is nirs. Ne loves nemself