In English, our most commonly used pronouns (he or she) specifically refer to a person’s gender. For queer, gender non-conforming, non-binary, and transgender people, these pronouns may not fit, can create discomfort, and can cause stress and anxiety. A recent study showed that in transgender youth, using correct pronouns and names reduces depression and suicide risks. Pronouns may include she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, ze/zir, zirs, among many others. As with any other identity term, it is up to individuals to use this term as an identifier.



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