As those who seek to be welcoming in the name of Christ, we hope to see everyone in our midst as themselves, as children of God. By having buttons that allow people to express their pronouns, we not only welcome people as they are, we invite people to share their full selves with us and with God.
The singular they is used by many non-binary identified folks, rather than using he or she.
Regardless of your gender identity, one of the simplest ways to show your welcome to LGBTQIA+ people is by wearing a pronoun button and sharing your pronouns when you introduce yourself.
Starting a conversation about the importance of stating pronouns can be both informative and empowering. Here are just a few reasons it’s important to share pronouns:
it helps everyone feel included and respected
it acknowledges that someone’s pronouns aren’t assumed based on their outward expression of gender
it ensures folks get everyone’s pronouns right
it is a way to show someone’s ally-ship
it encourages folks who may not have done so before to think about how they live into their own gender