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» Gender-Specific and Gender-Neutral Pronouns
Gender-specific pronouns are the ways we refer to each other in the third person. People who are transitioning in some way might choose to change their pronouns.
I saw Lauren come to work today and they seemed really happy. I wonder if it has anything to do with their weekend? I hope I see them soon to hear all about it!
I saw Lauren come to work today and ze seemed really happy. I wonder if it has anything to do with hir weekend? I hope I see hir soon to hear all about it!
You cannot tell someone's name or pronoun just by looking at them.
If someone takes the time to let you know their name and pronoun, use it and respect it. It's not up to you to decide someone else's identity.
If you have difficulty using someone's pronoun and name - practice. Ask co-workers, peers and firends to point out when you've made a mistake.
Hello, my name is ___________ .
Start meetings with everyone introducing themselves and stating their pronoun. All name tags and name plates can also have a spot to show someone's pronouns. If you find yourself unsure of someone's pronoun, be attentive to how others refer to this person. If you are still unclear or concerned that people might be using the incorrect pronoun, politely and privately ask that person which pronoun they use.