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US Embassy: Use Gender Neutral Pronouns Like ‘Xe/Xem’ and ‘Per/Pers’

The US Embassy in Brazil broadcast a video urging Americans to use gender neutral pronouns.

“Making incorrect assumptions about someone’s gender – that’s a micro-aggression. That could be hurtful for individuals who identify with certain communities – such as transgender or queer communities,” said Embassy spokesman “Mark” — who uses the he/him pronouns.

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You’ve probably noticed that more and more people are stating their preferred pronouns when they introduce themselves in social conversations, in classrooms, in the workplace, in their email signatures, and on social media. The reason is simple – there is a range of gender identities beyond male and female. In English, many use he/him or she/her pronouns, but a growing number of people are using different pronouns like they/them, xe/xem, ze/hir, per/pers and ey/em. These are called gender neutral pronouns. They don’t specify the gender of the subject of the sentence and they exist because you can’t assume someone’s gender just by looking at them. Words matter and they are powerful tools to convey meaning and connect more deeply with one another. Making incorrect assumptions about someone’s gender – that’s a micro-aggression. That could be hurtful for individuals who identify with certain communities – such as transgender or queer communities. So, what is the best way to be sure you are using the right pronouns? Just ask. Asking for and using someone’s preferred pronoun show respect and help create an inclusive environment.

US Embassy, Brazil

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