They, Them, Theirs…why pronouns matter

With major universities announcing the option for students to use pronouns other than him or her and the American Psychological Association (APA) formally adjusting their style guidelines to include “they” as a singular, gender neutral pronoun, the next generation is growing up with an entirely different understanding of gender. If you are hoping to engage with people in a meaningful way, buckle up and get familiar with these concepts. Personal pronouns have long been used in the transgender and gender non-conforming communities as a way of capturing and reclaiming a very personal, innate sense of self. However, as people begin to challenge a gender binary and begin using neutral descriptors

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