Trans & GNC Basics

We love that video—everybody is so happy and informative. Like we said before, differential learning is crucial. Plus, those folx are so cute!

What’s the Deal with Pronouns?

Don’t worry, we’re not going to subject you to a grammar lesson (unless that’s something you’re into). To put it simply, pronouns are how you refer to someone when you don’t use their name or a nickname. Consider a random celebrity: Trevor Noah identifies as a man; therefore, we as lovestruck fans, refer to him using masculine pronouns—he, him, his. If we referred to Trevor Noah using feminine pronouns—she, her, hers—or gender-neutral pronouns—they, them, theirs—HE would correct us or we would correct ourselves. When transgender and GNC individuals transition, many change their pronouns to better reflect their gender identity. Some individuals do not, which is their choice, and neither validates nor invalidates their experience.

Pronouns come with a lot of baggage for a lot of people. Misgendering describes the act of calling an individual by the wrong pronouns or using words to describe them that do not fit with their gender identity, and is considered a microaggression. For example, if you referred to Oprah using masculine pronouns, or said she was a good father, those would be examples of misgendering. Using an individual’s chosen pronouns shows respect and validates their gender identity. Refer to the Pronouns page for further information about pronouns and why they are important.

Below is a table of possible pronouns, and the conjugations thereof:

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