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