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Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGP)

With the ever-evolving landscape of language and communication, it can be difficult to keep up. One of the most important changes in recent years has been the growing understanding of, and respect for, preferred gender pronouns.  

But what does that mean? Preferred gender pronouns, or PGPs, are the words and phrases each individual chooses to identify with their gender identity, beyond the traditional binary of 'he' and 'she'. It's an important step in creating an inclusive, affirming environment for all.  

Pronouns are a necessary part of making everyone feel included – no matter the gender, expression, or identity. No longer is it sufficient to simply assume a person's gender; we must consciously recognize the chosen pronouns of those around us. So let's ask and respect the answer.  

Further, considering that the words “preferred” suggests that using the pronouns is optional, more people are moving towards the term “personal gender pronouns.” 


Definition of Pronouns  

Pronouns, like 'he' or 'she', are essential for making everyone feel included. But what are preferred gender pronouns (PGPs)? These are the pronouns an individual wants others to use when referring to them, such as 'they/them' or 'ze/hir'.  

Respecting someone's gender identity with PGPs is not only important, but also necessary to create a safe and inclusive atmosphere for everyone. 


Benefits of Using Pronouns 

Using personal gender pronouns is an essential part of creating an inclusive environment. Not only does it demonstrate respect, but it can also have a positive impact on mental health.  

Studies have revealed that using a person’s identified personal gender pronouns leads to lower feelings of alienation and increased feelings of belonging. This simple act of recognition can boost relationships and support the mental health of all individuals.  


The Bottom Line 

It is important to recognize that the use of personal gender pronouns is an important way of showing respect for individuals and their self-identification. It is vital that we all work to ensure that everyone feels seen, heard, and respected by using their preferred gender pronouns, and in doing so, we make the world a more inclusive and understanding place for everyone.