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International Pronouns Day
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day third of October, repeating indefinitely
International Pronouns Day is October 21st!
Each year, International Pronouns Day (IPD) takes place on the third Wednesday of October, and that’s October 21st this year. This is a grassroots effort, so what this day is and becomes depends on what you do with it. Adapt it as needed to your context, language, and local priorities.
As an individual, here are a few things you could do this year:
1. Educate yourself, and practice on your own. Visit MyPronouns.org and deepen your learning. Be sure you know how to respect others’ pronouns. Practice using they/them and other pronoun sets in sentences on your own, so you can do better in real life scenarios. Learn how to recover from mistakes.
2. Follow our social media (links in the footer of this message). Use the #PronounsDay hashtag on October 21st to show your support. Share why this matters to you. Be prepared to educate others. (Just remember, you don’t have to engage the trolls! Focus on people who want to learn.)
3. Share your own pronouns in your display name, in your email signature, when you share your name in meetings, etc.
4. Get involved in local communities and organizations. Donate to a local trans organization, and prioritize support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color organizations. Work to get the organizations you work with to support International Pronouns Day.
If you work with an organization that wants to celebrate International Pronouns Day your organization could:
1. Plan an event, activity, or outreach for International Pronouns Day. Of course, be cognizant about safety under the virus pandemic. You could organize a book club (e.g. check out Dr. Baron’s book, What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She.). Host a virtual tea time and discussion about pronouns. Hire a consultant, host an online training/workshop. Partner with a trans group on a photos/stories project on why pronouns matter. Check the IPD website for more participation ideas.
2. Check out the campaign materials folder. Adapt the press release and use it. IPD is also an opportunity to announce new resources or good practices within your organization (e.g. letting folks list their pronouns in the staff directory or in publication bylines, including pronouns options in your business card template, encouraging people to put their pronouns in their Zoom display names, etc.).
3. Share your endorsement of IPD among your staff, members, constituents, etc. Explain in your own context why inclusive language matters. Example endorsement language:
“We endorse International Pronouns Day, which 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. We encourage colleges, schools, workplaces, and local organizations to hold educational and empowering events on International Pronouns Day.”
4. Partner with local trans/nonbinary organizations, initiatives, and leaders. Pay consultants. Use an intersectional racial justice lens for this work, and recognize how this works fits into a large frame of anti-violence and human rights work.
As a reminder, future International Pronouns Day events will take place on the third Wednesday in October. That means that the next official dates will be:
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Wednesday, October 16, 2024