Gender Pronouns

San Francisco CASA values diversity in all forms, including gender identity and expression. We proactively include gender pronouns as part of our efforts to be gender-inclusive.

What are gender pronouns?

Gender pronouns are the words that people choose to refer to themselves.

What are some commonly used pronouns?

  • she/her/hers
  • he/him/his
  • they/them/theirs
  • ze/hir/hirs
  • Just my name, please!

This is not an exhaustive list of all pronouns, which do evolve. If you ask someone's pronoun and you have not heard it previously, it is not insulting to ask for the spelling and different conjugations. Just let the person know you are asking to make sure their pronouns are respected.

Why is it important to respect gender pronouns?

  • Consistently using someone's correct pronouns shows respect for that individual's gender identity. When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, that person may feel dismissed, alienated, or unwelcome.
  • Pronouns are a matter of self-determination. We can't assume someone's gender identity based on appearances.
  • Many people may be learning about gender pronouns for the first time. We are proud to facilitate awareness about these important issues.