As part of our focus on inclusivity, we wanted to look at the importance of pronouns and how we can support others in making sure we use the correct ones.
When we speak, we often use pronouns for others without even thinking about it – it’s a simple alternative to using their name. These pronouns, however, often have a gender attached to them, and these associations are not always accurate or helpful.
For some, being ‘misgendered’ is an annoyance that can be corrected quickly, but for others it can be extremely hurtful. This is particularly the case for transgender people (whose gender is different to the one they were assigned at birth) or non-binary people (who don’t identify as male or female). Being misgendered can invalidate a person’s sense of who they are, make them feel disrespected, and completely undermine the battle they may have had for years to be recognised as their true selves.
Getting a pronoun right is a great way to respect a person and create a welcoming and inclusive environment. It’s really not difficult, and a little effort can truly go a long way. For information on how you can share your personal pronouns, as well as ask someone else about theirs, please visit: www.mypronouns.org
Take a look at this helpful video which has been created by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS FT (CNTW):
You might also be interested in our upcoming session…
Gender Identity and the Impact of Microaggressions
10 March 2022 │ 2:00pm - 3:00pm │ Virtual: Microsoft Teams
This session will provide knowledge of language and information around gender identities and sexualities.
It will also investigate the term ‘microaggression’. This refers to derogatory remarks and insults which are more and more commonly experienced by people who identify under the LGBT+ bracket. These may be expressed verbally or non-verbally, unintentionally or intentionally, but can leave a lasting impression.