Sharing Our Pronouns
For a cisgender person (a person whose gender is in alignment with the sex they were assigned at birth) there is little to no risk in sharing your pronouns.
For a person who is transgender or non-binary, sharing pronouns can be a bit scarier. If someone is transitioning or non-binary, sharing pronouns can help others know how to address them, and help prevent misgendering. It also provides a great opportunity for further learning and understanding.
That’s why we ask cisgender people to lead the change by sharing pronouns as it normalises the process, has little risk, and actually makes for a safer environment for everyone.
If you want to take this one step further, when you meet someone, take the time to listen first to how they refer to themselves. You can also start by introducing yourself with your pronouns: “Hi, I’m <insert name> and I use the pronouns <she/her, he/him or they/their>.”
By sharing your own pronouns, people have the option to share theirs without your needing to ask them directly. If the person you’re speaking to is comfortable sharing their pronouns, use them when referring to them. Leading by example will encourage others to do the same. If the person doesn’t share their pronouns with you, refer to them by name or use “they.”
So, why don’t you try adding your pronouns to your email signature and/or introducing yourself with your pronouns! It’s an easy way to not only inform people you communicate with of your pronouns but normalizes this process for everyone.