International Pronouns Day Presentation
Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 8–9 p.m. | Hunt Room, College Union
Join the Coordinator of the Office of LGBTQ Programs and Services, Eunisha Tucker, at the Pride Alliance meeting for a presentation on the importance of pronouns to transgender and non-binary individuals. A pronoun-practice game will follow afterwards.
Observance: October 16, 2019
Join us and the rest of the world as we celebrate International Pronouns Day! Asking someone their lived pronouns and using them affirms that person’s gender identity and is a major way of showing respect. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns especially affects transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. At this event, we will go over what pronouns are, how to use them, and why they matter.
International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. However, many transgender and gender nonconforming people are regularly called by the wrong pronouns, which can lead them to feel invisible and marginalized.
“Our workplaces and campuses should be places of empowerment and care for others. Using the right pronouns to refer to a person is affirming and respectful,” said Shige Sakurai (they), the campaign’s founder and the creator of the educational MyPronouns.org website.
The first International Pronouns Day was Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Over 250 groups from a brewery in Virginia to a transgender organization in Italy have endorsed the day, including more than 100 college offices and organizations. The full list of endorsers is available on the Pronouns Day website.
Some key endorsements come from groups such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities, ACPA: College Student Educators International, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association, Out for Health: Planned Parenthood’s LGBT Health & Wellness Program, APA Division 44: Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, and CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers.
Organizations and individuals in over a dozen countries will participate, and each will engage in activities they have created for their own local context. Some will be hosting transgender panel discussions, posting online with the #PronounsDay hashtag, working to create supportive institutional policies and practices, and creating awareness in their workplaces, campuses, and communities.
The event’s website includes ideas and tools for participating, answers to common questions, and a registration form for individuals, organizations, and endorsers.
“Intersecting forms of oppression deeply impact transgender communities. These actions are part of the larger work of creating and sustaining inclusive and supportive communities for everyone,” said Luca Maurer (he), a campaign Executive Board member, about this first ever observance.