International Pronouns Day

This week, on October 18, we celebrated International Pronouns Day. According to, this day “seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.”

Last month at VIUU, the Committee on Ministry extended an invitation to all who wish to participate in adding their pronouns to their nametags. See here for more resources on why pronouns are important.

Many people who grew up identifying with the same gender they were assigned at birth are now learning to use gender-neutral pronouns for friends, family, and community members who have determined that these are a better fit. If you would like some pronoun practice, your Committee on Ministry welcomes you to try out this worksheet, or pick up a printed copy on the Greeters table at Lewis Hall this Sunday.