What To Do (And Not Do) When Someone Asks for Different Gender Pronouns

So you know someone who has felt comfortable enough to ask you to refer to them by different pronouns. This is a big step for them, and the way you proceed is very important. Some of the most common reactions and behaviors can have damaging effects on the person.

Check out this comic from Robot Hugs for a simple introduction to the DOs and DON’Ts of pronoun etiquette!

Pronoun Etiquette



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Robot Hugs is a webcomic that discusses identity, gender, and sexuality, explores depression and mental illness, and often includes cats. The creator lives in Toronto; they have a degree in Linguistics and a graduate degree in Information Studies. Specifically, they identify as a non-binary genderqueer peoplequeer mentally ill non-monogamous kinky critical feminist robot. Their hobbies include worrying, being concerned about things they can’t change, being angry, being uselessly angry, hiding from the world, and knitting. Follow Robot Hugs on Twitter @RobotHugsComic.