The Office of Gender & Sexuality will join more than 250 groups nationwide to celebrate the first International Pronouns Day on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Students and staff will have a table in Slayter where Denisonians can make buttons that reflect their gender pronouns (she/he/they/ze/ask me) and participate in other activities.
International Pronouns Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity, but many transgender and gender nonconforming people are regularly called by the wrong pronouns, which can lead them to feel invisible and marginalized.
“Our workplaces and campuses should be places of empowerment and care for others. Using the right pronouns to refer to a person is affirming and respectful,” said Shige Sakurai (they), the campaign’s founder and the creator of the educational MyPronouns.org website.
The first International Pronouns Day is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, 2018. More than 100 college offices and organizations have endorsed the event, including Denison’s Office of Gender & Sexuality. The full list of endorsers is online at: pronounsday.org
Some key endorsements come from groups such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities, ACPA: College Student Educators International, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association, Out for Health: Planned Parenthood’s LGBT Health & Wellness Program, APA Division 44: Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, and CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers.
Organizations and individuals in over a dozen countries will participate, and each will engage in activities they have created for their own local contexts.