Respecting people's pronouns is a way we can help respect people. When we assume another person's pronouns based on how they appear, we run the risk of misgendering them. Misgendering is referring to someone with incorrect pronouns. This can cause distress to another person because they can experience this as their gender identity being invalidated or disrespected. One way of rectifying this is to ask other people what their pronouns are. The trouble with this is that people may unintentionally only ask gender-diverse people what their pronouns are. Rather than single out any singular group, we can share our pronouns with others. Introducing yourself using your pronouns normalises the sharing of pronouns and makes it easier for others to share their own. For example, "My name is Julian, and my pronouns are he/him". Here are just a few of the pronouns people may identify with: - He/him - She/her - They/them - Ze/hir A common myth is that they/them should only be used when referring to a group of people. In reality, they/them has been used for hundreds of years as a singular pronoun. They/them can be used when you don't know someone's specific pronouns yet, or if that is how they prefer to be addressed. Ze/hir are examples of neo (new) pronouns. These are two of many gender-neutral pronouns used to refer to people. This is because not everyone he/him, she/her and they/them do not suit all people. While nobody is expected to know all neopronouns, they should be respected as a way of respecting those who use them. Just because someone presents a certain way or has a certain gender identity, that does not necessarily mean they use certain pronouns. Having respectful dialogues about sharing pronouns normalises it and takes the pressure off others.