NASH PRIDE: a guide to understanding pronouns
What some people may not know is there are many valid gender pronouns becoming increasingly common that we ought to respect.
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Gender pronouns aren’t new. We use them all the time to identify and refer to someone.
Describing people as ‘he’ or ‘she’, groups of people as ‘they’ or ‘them’, as well as
inanimate things as ‘it’ is something we all do every day. What some people may not
know is there are many valid gender-neutral pronouns that are becoming increasingly
common like Mx or They.
So how do you know when to use gender-neutral pronouns? The easiest way to learn
what pronouns someone uses is just to politely ask or to refer to people as they or them
until you are sure.
Including pronouns in e-mail signatures is a great way to show that you and we are
committed to equality and because:
Adding pronouns to our email signatures, social media profiles, such as LinkedIn, and
stating them at the start of meetings is a simple step cisgender people can take to
enable those from the non-binary and transgender communities to feel more seen and
(A cisgender person is someone whose gender identity matches the sex they were
assigned at birth, e.g. someone who identifies as a man and was identified as male when
he was born.)
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Consider including pronouns in your email signature, e.g. under your name and job
title add “Pronouns: He/Him”
Check out the edit facility on LinkedIn which allows you to use the drop down to
select your pronoun
If you’re not sure, ask people what their pronouns are, e.g. “Sorry, I didn’t catch your
Listen to how people speak about themselves and follow suit, e.g. if they say
something like “people always say ‘she’s interesting’ when they meet me”
When you introduce someone use their pronouns, so others will learn them, e.g.
“This is Dominique, she works in IT”
Try to get in the habit of using ‘they/them’ until you know someone’s pronouns, e.g.
“There is someone here to see you, I’ll ask them to wait in reception”
An act of allyship - So why should we use pronouns?
Allies play a key role in helping to achieve equality, mutual respect and fairness in society
which is why getting involved is so important. To not only show support and solidarity
for our transgender and non-binary friends in our acceptance of all genders, but to
hopefully ease the burden on our trans and non-binary colleagues and connections from
having the same conversations again and again.
Recognising non-gendered pronouns
Until fairly recently the only pronouns many people had heard of were he/him/his and
she/her/hers. However, as the non-binary community has become more visible, more
and more people are becoming aware of non-gendered pronouns such as
they/them/theirs. Unfortunately, trans and non-binary people are often mis-gendered –
and at times deliberately. We would like to encourage you to promote it within your team
and on , for example, your LinkedIn profiles where you can. Of course, this is not
mandated but a simple step on the way to normalising pronouns, and by doing this we
can hopefully make the company a more inclusive and safe workplace for all.