After reconnecting with friends and colleagues with queer identities at Creating Change, I am going to start using gender-neutral pronouns regularly on this blog. It will be challenging at first, but I am going to try my best to be consistent when talking about anybody.
From now on:
he/she = ze
him/her = hir
his/her = hir
his/hers = hirs
himself/herself = hirself
Gender-neutral pronouns are an effective way to be more inclusive of all people, regardless of their gender. While they may be “new” words to most, this language is an effective way of being grammatically correct and defying the gender binary.
Feel free to share your feedback… and shoot me an email if you see me slip. Old habits can be hard to break!