What are the different gender (and gender-neutral) pronouns?

Now more than ever, people aren’t necessarily identifying with the sex they were assigned to at birth. Some people are transgender, meaning they identify as a different gender than the sex they were assigned. But others refer to themselves as non-binary, meaning they don’t identify as exclusively male nor exclusively female. And while most of us try our best to respect these gender non-conforming individuals, sometimes language-and a simple lack of information-can make that complicated.

That said, it’s pivotal to take note when someone tells you which pronouns they prefer. As Sassafras Lowrey, a genderqueer author, explained on the HuffPost, “When someone says my pronouns are ‘too hard’ for them to remember, what I hear is that you don’t value our friendship, the work that I’m doing in the world, or me as a person.”

While males and females tend to use the pronouns we’re all familiar with to describe themselves-he/him and she/her-some non-binary individuals choose different pronouns that you may not have heard of before.

Since gender-neutral pronouns can be a bit confusing, we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide (and chart!) to help you understand them, just in time for Pride Month.

What are gender pronouns?

A gender pronoun is “the pronoun that a person chooses to use for themselves” to describe their gender, according to New York City’s Department of Social Services. What this means is that, even if a person was born with female genitalia, they may still elect to use masculine pronouns to describe themselves, depending on what suits their gender expression.

And recently, more and more people have begun adopting gender-neutral pronouns-those that neither connote male nor female gender. Sigue leyendo