Pronoun buttons. What are they? They are small pins with a person’s pronouns on them. Why is this important? We can make harmful assumptions about individuals and by normalizing the concept of asking for, rather than assuming, a person’s pronouns we can make the world a more inclusive place. Most people choose to use a pronoun for themselves, though some people would actually prefer not to be referred to with a pronoun and instead have their name used in that place. The world is becoming a place where people are more willing to be their “true authentic self” and we here at the YMCA Academy welcome this inclusion and self expression.
The LGBTQ2SIA+ Alliance club has started an initiative to make pronoun buttons available to all who desire them. Pictured are just a few of the collection of buttons that were made, in house, on our very own button press. For those that don’t know about the LGBTQ2SIA+ Alliance it is a space where people from all walks of life come together to discuss things such as pop culture, current affairs, and other issues ranging from the topical to the seemingly trivial, usually through a lens of LGBTQ2SIA+ experiences and perspective. Allies are, of course, always welcome in this space.
For more information on why pronouns matter, and why pronoun buttons are important see the following link.