Some people don’t feel that traditional gender pronouns, such as she/her and he/him, reflect their gender identities. Transgender, genderqueer and other people who step outside the male-female gender paradigm often adopt new pronouns for themselves.
If a person doesn’t identify as male or female, it’s best to ask which pronouns they prefer. Here are some alternatives to traditional pronouns:
For more information, consult the Gender Pronouns Guide published by the LGBT Campus Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.« Back to Glossary Index