So, what does ‘they’ really mean?
‘They’ cuts the awkward chit-chat. It gives people who need a pronoun outside of the masculine and feminine an option we already use in everyday English. Paired with ‘their’ for possessive, ‘they’ is an inclusive language option for the more mindful.
Think of the last time you introduced a new friend to your circle. The first question your current friends might ask could be “What do they do?” Sure, it’s not a deep question, but it doesn’t assign a gender to your new acquaintance, either.
Not just about grammar, ‘they’ is singular & nonbinary
The words ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ are not binary, so why should pronouns be. If we’re to truly allow people to be who they are in the workplace then we have to allow for fluidity in the language we use. Switching to ‘they’ isn’t a tough choice, it’s all about being inclusive and more mindful.
By respecting an individual’s preferred pronouns, you’re openly acknowledging that you accept them as they come to you. For many in the LGBTQ+ (that’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, question, plus other diverse sexual orientations) it is more than they’ve received from their families.
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. The next time you’re asked to use ‘they’ in singular you won’t skip a beat.