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What are Personal Pronouns and Why Does it Matter?

Names and personal pronouns are two of the most basic ways we identify ourselves to others. We use them to assert our agency and individuality. They are also a way to communicate our respect for other people.

When we use someone's correct name and personal pronouns, we're telling them that we see them and respect them for who they are.

Respectful use of someone's name and personal pronouns sends the message that everyone is worthy of dignity and respect, regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Why Do PASA Staff Shares Their Pronouns?

At PASA Language Solutions, we believe that diversity is our greatest strength. We are committed to honoring that diversity by making its spaces safe, inclusive, and welcoming to people of all gender expressions.

What Can You Do To Be More Inclusive?

Here are a few ways you can be more inclusive and create a safe space for all people:

1. Share your pronouns when you introduce yourself, for example, "Hello, my name is Henry Smith and my pronouns is he/him."

2. Share your pronouns on your email signature, Linkedin, and Zoom.

3. One way you can be more inclusive is by using people's correct names and personal pronouns. You can also ask people what their pronouns are, and use them when talking to or about them.

4. Another way to be more inclusive is by not making assumptions about people's genders. For example, don't assume that everyone who looks masculine goes by he/him pronouns, or that everyone who looks feminine goes by she/her pronouns.

5. Finally, you can be more inclusive by educating yourself and others about gender identity and expression. There are many great resources out there on these topics, and it's important to have open and honest conversations about them.

For some people, this may feel awkward at first, but it will get easier with time. And the more we all do it, the more normal it will become.

Create Environment That Foster Respect and Safe Space

When we use someone's correct name and personal pronouns, we're telling them that we see them and respect them for who they are.

Respectful use of someone's name and personal pronouns sends the message that everyone is worthy of dignity and respect, regardless of their gender identity or expression.

Learn More

You can learn more at www.mypronouns.org/what-and-why