What are personal pronouns and why are they important?
Celebrating individuality starts with respecting each other’s identity
Our society is constantly evolving. Our perspectives are constantly expanding. And today, people are feeling more empowered than ever to enter the workplace with gender identities and expressions beyond what we most frequently think of when discussing gender. There are many things we can do to support individuals who find the bravery to be authentic at work, as well as those who are still on the journey of self-discovery. One of the simplest ways to do this is by making the use of personal pronouns common practice, including gender-neutral pronouns.
Gender-neutral pronouns can serve as more suitable alternatives for anyone who doesn’t identify as he/him or she/her on the binary gender spectrum. Individuals who are transgender or gender nonconforming (GNC) — those who don’t identify strictly as male nor female — often challenge our existing norms and the way we understand gender. These team members may choose to use gender-neutral pronouns such as they, them, and theirs. And when you use those personal pronouns appropriately in conversation and correspondence, you not only demonstrate a fundamental gesture of respect, but also a bold allyship for the trans and GNC communities. Most importantly, you create a space where everyone can feel comfortable to share their gendered identity freely.
Fostering a more inclusive environment at AmerisourceBergen
Empowering our team members to make positive change
“At AmerisourceBergen, diversity and inclusion are hallmarks of how we lead. Pronouns are a simple act that provides power to team members which allows them to bring their most authentic and true self into the workplace. Beyond creating a sense of belonging, the addition of pronouns to email signatures and titles are a small visible act of solidarity allies and advocates alike can use to show support to the broader LGBTQIA+ community."
Dr. Lonie Haynes, SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
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The Human Rights Campaign
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A brief history of gender-neutral pronouns
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LGBTQIA+Everyone: The state of inclusive language around the world
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The Washington Post
A guide to how gender-neutral language is developing around the world
Preferred gender pronouns
Introducing myself as “they/them/their” at my workplace
Inclusion and the use of gender-neutral pronouns in the workplace
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Ohio State Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Pronouns: What they are and why they matter
Gender identity and pronouns: What will you teach the world?