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  • 1.  Pronouns

    Posted 06-24-2020 15:11
    Edited by Ernie Harris 08-25-2020 14:29
    As part of my personal and professional growth, I've been spending time educating myself on topics related to social equality and inclusion.  Today I thought I'd share a resource that I found about pronouns in people's email signatures.

    As individuals, we use pronouns every day but are we using them in an inclusive manner?  Sometimes - yes, sometimes - no.

    Today I sat in on a session put on by Lesbians Who Tech (@lesbiantech and www.lesbianswhotech.org) entitled:

    All Black Lives Matter: Navigating Corporate America as a Non-Binary Techie and Embracing Intersectionality In The Movement

    During this session, I learned a lot about pronouns.  As an Accomplice/Ally of the LGBTQ+ community, I continue to struggle to incorporate proper pronouns in my day-to-day conversations and so I asked a question and of course, the answer was so simple.  Just work on it.  It's OK to say to someone that you're having a hard time with the vocabulary but that you're a friend and that you're working on it.

    A question that came up right after mine was, "If your pronouns are not he/his or she/hers, how do I refer to you when using titles like Mr, Mrs, Ms, etc?  I learned that the title is Mx (pronounced Mix).

    I also asked about sharing pronouns and what the "best way" to do so is.  There's of course no "best way" but I didn't find this resource that helped me a lot and so I thought I would share it here.  Below are five different examples of incorporating your pronouns into your email signature.

    I like #5 and have implemented this approach in my signature...which one do you like the most?

    Example 1:
    Klint Jaramillo, MEd, MSW
    Pronouns: he, him, his
    Director, LGBT Resource Center
    Office of Diversity and Outreach
    University of California, San Francisco
    500 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Example 2:
    Klint Jaramillo, MEd, MSW
    Director, LGBT Resource Center
    Office of Diversity and Outreach
    University of California, San Francisco
    500 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143
    Pronouns: he, him, his

    Example 3:
    Klint Jaramillo, MEd, MSW (they, them, theirs)
    Director, LGBT Resource Center
    Office of Diversity and Outreach
    University of California, San Francisco
    500 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Example 4
    Klint Jaramillo, MEd, MSW
    Director, LGBT Resource Center
    Office of Diversity and Outreach
    University of California, San Francisco
    500 Parnassus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94143
    Pronouns I use: she, her, hers and they, them, theirs

    Example 5
    Klint Jaramillo, MEd, MSW
    Director, LGBT Resource Center
    Office of Diversity and Outreach
    University of California, San

    Self-expression and self-identification is one of my professional and personal values. One way to practice these values is to share personal gender pronouns. My name is Klint and I use he, him, his pronouns. What pronouns do you use?



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    Ernie Harris
    Founder
    Interesting Blazer
    Saint Petersburg FL
    727-306-1880

    Self-expression and self-identification is one of my professional and personal values. One way to practice these values is to share personal gender pronouns. My name is Ernie and I use he, him, his pronouns. What pronouns do you use?​
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