Now more than ever, people aren’t necessarily identifying with the sex they were assigned to at birth. Some people are transgender, meaning they identify as a different gender than the sex they were assigned. But others refer to themselves as non-binary, meaning they don’t identify as exclusively male nor exclusively female. And while most of us try our best to respect these gender non-conforming individuals, sometimes language-and a simple lack of information-can make that complicated.
That said, it’s pivotal to take note when someone tells you which pronouns they prefer. As Sassafras Lowrey, a genderqueer author, explained on the HuffPost, “When someone says my pronouns are ‘too hard’ for them to remember, what I hear is that you don’t value our friendship, the work that I’m doing in the world, or me as a person.”
While males and females tend to use the pronouns we’re all familiar with to describe themselves-he/him and she/her-some non-binary individuals choose different pronouns that you may not have heard of before. (more…)