For members of the LGBTQIA + community, gender pronouns can be a life affirmation – Houston Public Media

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Today is National Coming Out Day which encourages civic awareness by recognizing and supporting members of the LGBTQIA + community.

It is also a day for many to share a better understanding of who they are and how they would like to be known and seen.

For some, it’s just a matter of clarifying who they are.

For others, taking a clear stand to live in their own truth and be recognized as such may include clarifying which pronouns they are most comfortable identifying with.

Being respectful of someone’s pronouns is important – but how do you use them correctly in everyday life and in business addresses in the office?

Today we take a moment to better understand gender identity and non-binary terms.

Brian Riedel

  • Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice University

Pete Makopoulos-Senftleber

Autumn G. Van Kirk

  • Non-binary trans woman and β€˜out’ role model for a global tech company

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