What Are Pronouns And Why Are They Important

Happy International Pronouns Day.

Today is International Pronouns Day!

Perhaps you’ve heard a lot about pronouns, or maybe they still confuse you a little.

What are pronouns?

Pronouns are words used to refer to a person other than their name. Common pronouns are they/them, he/him and she/her. Some people use specifically gender-neutral pronouns called neopronouns, including ze/zir and xe/xem. This is something that every single person uses to describe themselves.

Why is it important to use pronouns correctly?

Some people might use different pronouns as they discover their gender identity, and it’s important to respect that decision.

According to BeLonG To: “Using someone’s pronouns correctly is a great way to acknowledge their personhood. Being aware of correct pronoun use is particularly important for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming young people, as it is a way to respect their gender identity. Learning about pronouns and using them correctly is also a way of showing your support for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming young people.”

How can you support trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming young people?

While every single person uses pronouns every day, it can be particularly difficult for people who are trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming.

That’s why it’s so important to support and respect pronouns, and BeLongTo offers some tips to help:

1. Include your pronouns in your email signature or social media bios. There is a feature on Instagram and other social media sites where you can choose them, or just type them in yourself.

2. You could share your pronouns when introducing yourself to someone new.

3. If you’re unsure of someone’s pronouns, it’s OK to ask them! Be sure to apologise and correct yourself if you accidentally use the wrong pronouns for someone.

If you’d like more information on pronouns, or are figuring out what works for you best check out BeLonGTo for more support. 

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