Respecting someone means respecting their pronouns as it validates their identity. We have been trained to assume one's identity based on their appearance, that is, their perceived gender. It is important to remember that even if someone appears to look like a man or woman, for instance, we should not assume their pronouns. Getting someone's pronouns correct may take time. If you make a mistake, apologize and correct it. Refer to the resources below to learn how to address people correctly and respectfully.
- Pronouns - A How-to-guide (Word)
- Gender and Sexuality Center Resources (URL)
- The Importance of Pronoun Communication
- Singular "They" (URL)
- Minus 18's Gender-Neutral Pronouns (Video)