PronounsMatter

What are pronouns?

Pronouns are linguistic tools that we use to refer to people. (i.e. they/them/their, she/her/hers, he/him/his). We believe that it is important to give people the opportunity to state the pronouns that are correct to use when referring to them. 

 

(This is NOT an exhaustive list. Any combination is possible!)

pronoun chart 

 

How you could ask: 

"What pronouns do you use?"

"What pronouns would you like me to use?"

 

How you could share:

"I'm Ty and my pronouns are they, them, theirs."

"My pronouns are they, them, theirs, but he, him, his are fine too."

 

What if you make a mistake:

Most people appreciate a quick apology and correction at the time of the mistake. Try:

  • "Her books are - I'm sorry, their books are over there."

By correcting yourself, you're modeling respectful pronouns use for others in the conversation. If you only realize the mistake later, a brief apology can help. Try:

  • "I'm sorry I used the wrong pronoun earlier. I'll be more careful next time."

 

It can be tough to remember pronouns at first. The best solution is to practice! Correct pronoun use is an easy step toward showing respect for people of every gender identity. 

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