I typically make this assumption, but seeing it from the University of Colorado affirmed and validated my theory that two out of every four people are transgender, one is gay and typically the fourth is a closed semi-lesbian who also identifies as genderfluid.
This is simply the facts.
When meeting anyone new, you should always assume they have preferred pronouns. I recently met an obese demi-boy who went by fae/faer pronouns. I am now in the habit of asking for pronouns before I even ask for someone’s name.
To keep track of every person’s personal, preferred neo-pronouns, I keep an Excel sheet on hand at all times. It looks like this:
Every night, I update my list. It includes everyone from the genderfluid human who makes my lattes to the cashier at Trader Joe’s, to the person I see walking them’s dog each morning. My children’s teachers, friends, random acquaintances etc.
“It is never safe to assume someone’s gender and living a life where people will naturally assume the correct pronouns for you is a privilege that not everyone experiences,” the guide says.
This college is so progressive that they offer cross-sex hormone therapy, voice training, and surgical sex changes, besides “all-gender” restrooms and locker rooms, where male and female students shower in the same facilities.
I want to move in there myself!
The school recommends learning pronouns such as “ze” and “hir,” and gives directions on how to pronounce them.
I’d like to add a list of common pronouns I’ve seen and heard.
Failure to use a person’s preferred personal pronouns is most times, considered an act of violence as I have mentioned in a previous post.
I look forward to attending the 2023 Neo Pronoun Bootcamp to become thoroughly educated.
How do you maintain a firm grasp on everyone’s changing identity and neopronoun usage?
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