LGBTQIA+ Student Life
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Encourage and affirm self-identification
- Use "updated" in?the place of "preferred" when referring to a name transition.?
- Use "pronouns" in place of "preferred pronouns."?
- Do NOT?assume gender or pronouns.?
- Introduce yourself with your pronouns.?By doing so you?acknowledge?that pronouns and names matter and individuals?are more likely to feel comfortable doing the same.
- If you do introductions, suggest that individuals say their names and pronouns. However, never insist?someone say their pronouns. Insisting is counter productive to self-identification.??
Do NOT assume: gender is NOT?obvious
- Avoid stereotyping gender roles i.e. asking "women" to clean up or "men" to move boxes.??
- Use inclusive, gender neutral, language. Avoid calling a group "guys" or "ladies and gentlemen."?"Students," "folks," and "ya'll" are great alternatives.?
Apologize if you mis-gender someone
- If you make a mistake, correct yourself. Going on as if it did not happen is actually less respectful than making the correction. This also saves the person who was misidentified from having to correct an incorrect pronoun assumption that has now been planted in the minds of any other participants in the conversation who heard the mistake.
- If someone else makes a mistake, correct them. It is polite to provide a correction, whether or not the person whose pronoun as misused is present, in order to avoid future mistakes and in order to correct the mistaken assumption that might now have been planted in the minds of any other participants in the conversation who heard the mistake.
Do NOT read names off of rosters. Use alternative attendance taking methods:
- Ask the individuals present to identify themselves. Then settle any?discrepancies?with printed or electronic materials in private.?
- Pass around an attendance sheet, asking individuals to write their names, their roster names (if different), and their pronouns.
- Bring supplies for individuals to make name tents for their desks. Make it clear that you’re asking that they?write their name (which you know is not necessarily their roster name). Invite them to also include their pronouns. Collect the name tents at the end of class & hand them back at the beginning of all subsequent meetings. Be sure to make one for yourself as well.
This list was compiled using a variety of sources including Mount Holyoke College's?Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students?webpage.?