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How you can be inclusive of gender identities:
Transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people face considerable discrimination in our society, leading to higher rates of suicide and mental illness.
To create safer communities, we can honor and respect the spectrum of gender identities by correctly using someone’s pronouns. We can also model using our own pronouns when meeting new people.
Using the right pronouns helps:
- People feel affirmed and valued.
- Prevent harm, both physically and mentally.
- Signal that you value this person’s sense of safety highly.
- People feel like they can be more honest with you and that there is potential for trust.
If you want more support, learn how to practice using pronouns. This is especially helpful if you are working on improving your use of any particular set of pronouns.