I have never been the best at using pronouns or just nouns for that matter at school and now at work. I’m so confused as to what or how to respond to anyone whether they are a Him/He, She or They. So, what are you talking about that I need to be sensitive? I am a person who has feelings. Anyways, I hope I can shed some light on this new equality.
The addition to Pronouns, to email attachments, Him, He, She, and They are all so confusing, especially if I haven’t met someone before how do I not say something stupid out the gate.
I’m hoping by compiling some information here, I can clear myself and you from making a lasting wrong first impression, co-worker or boss.
Personal gender pronouns, PGP, or just gender pronouns. The leading LGBTQ organization GLSEN has stated, “There has been a shift away from the terminology ‘preferred gender pronoun’ or ‘PGP’ to using a ‘pronoun.’ The reason behind the change was made due in part because an individual’s pronoun is not just the preferred; it’s the pronoun that should be used.”
Gender pronouns are words that a person would like others to use when addressing them or even be talking about them. The Pronouns most commonly used are “he, him, his” and “she, her, hers.” However, individuals who are transgender or gender nonconforming may use pronouns that don’t conform to the binary male/female gender categorizations, such as “they, them, theirs.” Dear golly!
I have never been a person that has ever had to worry about which pronoun to use for other people. Are gender pronouns necessary in the workplace? Experts believe that the conversation at the organizational levels about the understanding and the use of people’s correct gender pronouns will help ensure an inclusive culture in the workplace where all voices are given power.
Experts also agree that for the most part, the singular and visible gender identity is a privilege. Sadly, not everybody has this privilege; those that are referred to with the wrong pronoun often feel disrespected, invalidated, and alienated. Knowing and using someone’s gender pronouns is a positive way to support the people you work with, deal with daily or about to meet.
For the most part, you can’t always tell what someone’s gender pronouns are by just looking at them. If they look like a man, you naturally would say He, Him, or Sir. No one really goes out of their way to hurt one’s feelings.
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