The Brief: October 16 is International Pronouns Day, a reminder of the importance of using people's correct pronouns as a part of respecting their gender identities and expressions.
International Pronouns Day is a reminder to respect everyone’s pronouns. Avoid misgendering someone by sharing your own pronouns, avoiding making assumptions about others, politely asking which pronouns people use, and listening when people share their pronouns. Using the correct pronouns for everyone is an essential part of showing respect and support for non-binary and trans folks.
Pronouns To Know
While you’re likely familiar with they/them/theirs, she/her/hers, and he/him/his pronouns, it’s also important to know pronouns that get less mainstream attention. Xe/Xim/Xeirs, Ze/Zir/Zem, and Hir/Hirs/Hirself are all gender-neutral third-person pronouns. Non-binary individuals may prefer to be called these gender-neutral pronouns rather than they/them/theirs for personal or linguistic reasons.
Pronouns In Bio
Including your pronouns in your social media bio is a simple way to make your own pronouns publicly known. When cis people put their pronouns in their bios, it is a way to support trans and nonbinary folks by encouraging a more open dialogue about pronoun use and normalizing the practice of publicly sharing pronouns. Take this International Pronouns Day as an opportunity to add them to your bio!
Hi cis peeps. If you have an email signature, put your pronouns in it. You're on twitter, put them in your bio. It costs you nothing but maybe 10 characters and makes things easier for trans people. #PronounsDay
— Dr. Harriet Brown 🏳️⚧️ 🏳️🌈 (@Hattieinspace) October 16, 2019
happy #pronounsday everyone! remember that:
-pronouns are a matter of comfort
-pronouns ≠ gender
-putting your pronouns in your profile as someone cis is great allyship
-always use they/them if you don't know someones pronouns
— 9¾ fawz (@yoonjo_on) October 16, 2019
For anyone questioning the grammatical validity of the singular “they,” yes 👏singular👏they👏pronouns👏are👏grammatically 👏correct👏and👏valid👏. Merriam Webster even updated its entry for “they” to solidify its status as a correct and important part of the English language.
It’s in the dictionary
It’s been used in English since around 1300
Nonbinary people are full real human beings who deserve your respect stop being a jerk💛#PronounsDay
— jeffrey marsh (@thejeffreymarsh) October 16, 2019
Just popping up to remind you that y'all already use "they" as a gender-neutral singular pronoun ALL THE TIME in English without even noticing and yet suddenly when you get asked to do it it's "confusing". #PronounsDay
— Franki Cookney (@FrankiCookney) October 16, 2019
Celebrate #PronounsDay by sharing your own pronouns, respecting everyone else’s, and correcting people if they misgender someone around you.
It's really quite simple:
Pronouns are important to everyone, not just LGBTQ people.
If you were a cisgender male (assigned male at birth and identifying as male) but referred to as she/her, you'd be uncomfortable, right?
Now, turn that into empathy for us.#PronounsDay
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) October 16, 2019
It’s #PronounsDay, all! Part of how transphobia works is through each of us presuming to know someone’s gender identity AND pronouns based solely on how they look. Which is some real reductive garbage!
So let’s talk pronouns. Mine are she/her/hers. What are yours, dreamboats?
— Your Fat Friend (she/her/hers) (@yrfatfriend) October 16, 2019
🗣️Happy #PronounsDay! Remember:
➡️ Singular "they" is grammatically correct.
➡️ Refusal to use someone's correct pronouns is refusing to respect their identity & experience. 👎
➡️ Cis people can help normalize pronoun use by offering their own without being asked!
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) October 16, 2019
Your pronouns are valid
no matter what.
You deserve to be
You are amazing!#PronounsDay
— akt (@aktcharity) October 16, 2019
Using someone’s correct pronouns—and giving your own—isn’t difficult.
I’m Julián Castro, he/him/él.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) October 16, 2019
I don’t know how many of you are aware but Brendon has started to address everyone by their usernames on Twitch so that he wouldn’t get anyone’s pronouns wrong.
In short, stan Brendon Urie. #PronounsDay pic.twitter.com/qZ10thWOZG
— fₐ’ (@dreamsiinflate) October 16, 2019