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.

NASH PRIDE: a guide to understanding pronouns

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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.)





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.


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