International Pronouns Day

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International Pronouns Day
Observed byTransgender community and supporters
Typeinternational
Datethird Wednesday of October
FrequencyAnnual
First timeOctober 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)

International Pronouns Day[1][2] is an annual event that seeks to make sharing and respecting personal pronouns commonplace.[3] It takes place each year on the third Wednesday of October.[4] The first observance was held in 2018, and in that year there were participants from 25 countries in every continent except Antarctica. [5] Twitter hashtags #InternationalPronounsDay and #PronounsDay were used for the 2018 celebrations.[6][7] [8]

There are a number of different kinds of pronouns in English and in other languages. International Pronouns Day specifically focuses on referring to third person personal pronouns, which are used to describe a person when you are talking about them. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects trans and gender nonconforming people.[9]

Transgender people, especially those whose gender is or is perceived to be outside of the man/woman gender binary, are sometimes harassed and treated with hostility. This is often demonstrated by intentional or repeated use of the wrong pronouns. Anti-transgender violence disproportionately affects transgender women and femmes of color. [10] Those affected by these issues may feel that using the pronouns they prefer is a critical step in acknowledging the humanity of trans and gender non-conforming people.

The event was established by an independent board. The aim is to raise awareness regarding respecting the pronouns people use for themselves, particularly people who are transgender or gender nonconforming.[11] [12]

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References

  1. ^ "International Pronouns day is October 17". Santa Fe College News. October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "First-Ever International Pronouns Day | Ithaca College". Ithaca College. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  3. ^ "Why We Created International Pronouns Day". October 17, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "International Pronouns Day: FAQs". International Pronouns Day. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "International Pronouns Day: FAQs". International Pronouns Day. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "OutRight on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Human Rights Campaign on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Billions on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "2015 US Transgender Survey" (PDF). National Center for Transgender Equality. 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "2015 US Transgender Survey" (PDF). National Center for Transgender Equality. 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "International Pronouns Day". East Bay Reporter. October 16, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "What is International Pronouns Day". Bustle. October 17, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2019.

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