Pronouns & Neo-Pronouns

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What are neo-pronouns?

Neopronouns, like pronouns, are words that people use to refer to themselves and others. Where pronouns can be he/him, she/her or they/them, neo pronouns such as ze/hir and xe/xem are also used. 


Why do people use neo-pronouns?

Neopronouns are used most often by transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. As with they/them, neopronouns are gender neutral however they give an option that is even further removed from traditional concepts of gender.

Even in the singular use of they/them, people were still limited to three pronoun categories – this can feel restrictive to some people when we know there are a lot of differing gender identities and ways to express that.

Neopronouns offer options beyond the three categories of he/him, she/her and they/them and allows people to explore pronoun options which better express their understanding of their own gender and how they want to be referred to.

How to use neo-pronouns:

We use neopronouns in the same way we use pronouns! As with all pronoun usage, it will be a case of practising using that pronoun for that person but there isn’t a difference in how they are used compared to he/his, she/hers, they/them.


What does it mean if a person uses mixed pronouns eg she/they?

This means that the person is comfortable using both pronouns and they are comfortable being referred to with either. Usage for mixed pronouns could be that someone is comfortable with all pronouns listed or they use specific pronouns for different situations. Listening to how people refer to themselves in situations can be a guide for how to refer to them.


Who uses neo-pronouns?

These stats are according to the 2021 Gender Census:

Neo-Pronoun Demographics. Supposing all pronouns were accepted by everyone without question and were easy to learn, which pronouns are you happy for people to use for you in English? They/Them: 79% respondents. She/her: 30.7% respondents. He/him: 30.4% respondents. Avoids pronouns: 11.5% respondents. Any: 10.7% respondents. Xe/xem: 8.8% respondents. Questioning: 7.3% respondents. Ze/hir: 4.1% respondents.




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