Why Are Pronouns Important?

Pronouns are so simple yet crucial to creating a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, no matter their gender. When a person informs you of their pronouns, using those pronouns is a way to respect their identity and create an inclusive and safe space. Getting someone’s pronouns right is a way to remind them that they are seen, and their identity is important. Pronouns, when used correctly, are a source of comfort for trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals and allows them to feel much more understood in a space. Misgendering someone by using incorrect pronouns is like calling someone a name that is not their own. It can cause a lot of discomfort and makes one feel disconnected from their identity. A misuse of pronouns, especially when purposeful, implies that transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people do not exist, or that people must present a certain way to be perceived as the gender that they connect with. Using incorrect pronouns can also make people feel disrespected and excluded. Pronouns can be a core part of a person's identity and are important to who they are and how they would like to be viewed. 

Cast Pronoun Quotes

“Pronouns are an easy way to prove to the trans individuals in your life that you respect and care about them, no matter how they choose to present. Misgendering someone on purpose is cruel and helps no one.” - Ace Thuma

“Pronouns are important to me because they recognize your identity in even the simplest conversations. It allows you to...have a different conversation and let people know who you truly are, whether you use he/she, he/they, she/they, a mixture of pronouns, nonbinary or binary. The fact of the matter is that it’s important to recognize everyone in their truest form, so even the smallest bit of conversation can have the biggest impact in how they go about their day.” - Sean Stanisz

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