The Brief: Xe, Xir, Xem, and Xeir are variations of gender-neutral third person pronouns.
Xe, Xir, Xem, Xeir
Xe and its variations are gender neutral pronouns that can be used to refer to people who are non-binary, genderfluid, genderqueer, trans, and/or don’t identify with the gender binary. Other variations and tenses of these pronouns include xis, xyr, xyrself and xirself.
- Xe – pronounced like the ze pronoun – “zee”
- Xir -“zir”
- Xem -“zem”
- Xeir – “zeir”
- Xis – “zis”
- Xyr – “zeir”
- Xirself – “zirself”/”zeirself”
More Gender-Neutral Pronouns
She/her/hers and he/him/his are pronouns for people who identify along the gender binary, as men or women. Xe/Xir/Xem/Xeir are one set of gender-neutral pronouns. Other commonly used gender-neutral pronouns include they/them/their, ze/zem/zeir, and hir/hirself. Trans people sometimes use binary or non-binary pronouns, depending on what their gender is and how they identify.
The best way to avoid using the wrong pronouns to refer to someone is to ask them which ones they use and to let them know which ones you use.