LGBTQ+ Rights Groups Celebrate International Pronouns Day

Oct 20, 22
LGBTQ+ Rights Groups Celebrate International Pronouns Day

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“Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity,” says a co-creator of the observance.

Today is International Pronouns Day, observed on the third Wednesday of October every year.

The day was created by a consortium of people in higher education and first observed in 2018.

“International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace,” the co-creator of the day, Luca Maurer, wrote in The Advocate that year. “Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity, but many transgender and gender-nonconforming people are regularly called by the wrong pronouns, which fuels marginalization, invisibility, and far too often violence.”

Several LGBTQ+ organizations and others have tweeted about the day.

LGBTQ+ crisis help organization The Trevor Project wrote on Twitter, "Remember that respecting pronouns can be lifesaving."

The Human Rights Campaign wrote, "This #InternationalPronounsDay and every day, commit to making the world more inclusive for LGBTQ+ people and others by using the right pronouns."

GLSEN explained, “Pronouns give everyone the chance to self-identify instead of assuming someone’s identity or which pronouns they use. Including pronouns is a first step toward respecting people’s identity and creating a more welcoming space for people of all genders.”

The group also offers suggestions about sharing pronouns or asking people for theirs. GLSEN says that it’s not impolite to be direct and ask what pronouns a person uses. “The more we ask everyone for their pronouns, the more it becomes normalized.”

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