Everyday language is often unnecessarily gendered. By shifting towards inclusive language, we can contribute to a more affirming environment that respects the gender identities of all people.
Pronouns and names are not the only parts of language marked by gender. Always be mindful of your assumptions and consider gender-neutral ways of communicating the same phrases. These tips are especially important in instances where you are referring to a general audience or don’t know the gender of the people you are speaking to.
Some things to keep in mind about inclusive language:
Remember that you cannot tell someone’s gender identity by the way they look, so it is best not to assume.
Inclusive language is inclusive of EVERYONE, not just 2SLGBTQI people.
It is best practice to use gender-neutral language when addressing a general audience or people you do not know.
Affirming language is a great way to demonstrate allyship.
It is okay to make mistakes! Learn from them and commit to doing better the next time.