Paper Heart

GENDER PRONOUNS

We are committed to increasing positive outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth in foster care through increased education, stakeholder and community engagement, and policy & practice change. As part of those efforts, we proactively include gender pronouns as part of our efforts to be gender-inclusive.

WHAT ARE GENDER PRONOUNS?

Gender pronouns are the words that people choose to refer to themselves.

WHAT ARE SOME COMMONLY USED PRONOUNS?

  • She/her/hers

  • He/him/his

  • They/them/theirs

  • Just my name, please!

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO RESPECT GENDER PRONOUNS?

  • Consistently using someone’s correct pronouns is a basic way to show respect for that individual’s gender identity. When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, that person may feel dismissed, alienated, or unwelcome.

  • Pronouns are a matter of self-determination. We can’t assume someone’s gender identity based on gender expression.

  • Many people may be learning about gender pronouns for the first time. We are proud to facilitate awareness about these important issues.