Explicitly state a person's preferred pronouns in Wikipedia pages

Explicitly state a person's preferred pronouns in Wikipedia pages

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Pronouns are how you identify and refer to other people. Trans and gender-non-conforming people often have to explicitly give other people their pronouns in order to be referred to in the correct way. For cisgender people who rarely, if ever, have to ask for their correct pronouns to be used, stating their pronouns is an act of allyship.

 

 There is currently a movement on Twitter and other social media platforms for cisgender people to put their pronouns in their bios. Trans/GNC often do this to avoid being cisgendered online, but having their pronouns in their bios often makes them targets for harassment or bullying. A valuable act of allyship from cisgender people is to normalize stating your pronouns. Wikipedia could aid this by stating a person's pronouns in their articles. While the articles often use pronouns, they are never explicitly stated. Including pronouns in the general information section would be a simple yet effective way to both normalize asking for pronouns and make it easy for people to use the preferred pronouns of the people in the articles.

 

Ways to include pronouns:

1. In the introduction sentence:

Before:

Ariana Grande-Butera (/ˌɑːriˈɑːnə ˈɡrɑːndeɪ/; born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

After:

Ariana Grande-Butera (/ˌɑːriˈɑːnə ˈɡrɑːndeɪ/; she/her, born June 26, 1993) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

 

2. In the general information section:

Before:

Ariana Grande

Born: Ariana Grande-Butera, June 26, 1993 (age 27),Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.

Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Actress

After:

Ariana Grande

Born: Ariana Grande-Butera, June 26, 1993 (age 27),Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Actress

 

Thank you for signing and being an ally to transgender people by encouraging the normalization of gender discussions. See the links below for more information:

(Disclaimer- none of this is to suggest that you MUST put out your pronouns. If you are unsure of insecure or potentially endangering yourself by all means do not. But if you are confident in your pronouns and will not be endangering yourself, please do consider this simple act of allyship)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiewareham/2020/12/30/should-you-put-pronouns-in-email-signatures-and-social-media-bios/#3ef651763209 

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/should-you-put-your-gender-pronouns-in-your-instagram-bio-heres-why-sharing-pronouns-can-be-important-16967910

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