This International Pronouns Day, celebrate why pronouns matter

This International Pronouns Day, celebrate why pronouns matter
Image: University of Minnesota

[Ed. – We are inclined to agree: Pronouns do matter. For example, far too many speakers of English hypercorrect when using objective pronouns, leading to sentences like ‘He invited my wife and I’ instead of the grammatically sound ‘He invited my wife and me.’ Wait … isn’t that what they’re talking about in this spiel?]

To HRC Deputy Press Secretary Elliott Kozuch, International Pronouns Day is an opportunity to learn more about pronouns and how we can better respect people by asking, using and affirming their pronouns.

“Especially at a time when transgender and non-binary Americans are under near-constant attack by the Trump-Pence administration, I’m using this day personally to send a strong message of support to my fellow transgender siblings,” said Kozuch, who uses they/them pronouns. “We see you and we are fighting for you.”

International Pronouns Day is observed on Oct. 16 to “make respecting, sharing and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.” Gender identity and expression are central to the way we see ourselves and engage in our surroundings.

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