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For those in the LGBTQIA+ community, gender pronouns can be an affirmation of life

Experts in transgender legal aid and gender identities discuss the impact of language on mental health and the best ways we can respect gender and sexuality.


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Today is National Coming Out Day which encourages civil awareness recognizing and supporting those in the LGBTQIA+ community.

It is also a day for many to share a fuller understanding of who they are and how they would like to be known and seen.

For some – it is just clarifying who they are.

For others – making a clear stand to live in their own truth, and to be acknowledged as such may include clarifying the pronouns they are most comfortable identifying with.

Being respectful of someone's pronouns is important – but how do we properly use them in the day-to-day and in the professional addresses of the office?

Today, we take a moment to better understand gender identity and non-binary terms.

Brian Riedel

  • Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University

Pete Makopoulos-Senftleber

Autumn G. Van Kirk

  • Non-binary trans woman and “out” role model for a global technology company

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