Celebrate International pronouns day today - and everyday!

We at Gardner Resources Consulting are thrilled to wish you a Happy International Pronouns Day! As a Diversity Certified Consulting Partner, the foundation of our business is built on equality, inclusion, and acceptance, which is why we are especially excited to dive deeper into the history and meaning of International Pronouns Day.

What is International Pronouns Day?

Officially established in 2018, International Pronouns Day takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of October, and recognizes the importance of referring to an individual by their preferred pronouns, as opposed to those which were assigned. The University of California San Fransisco - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center eloquently describes the day as one that "seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity." 

Why is today especially important?

Unfortunately, many industries are still working to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table when it comes to gender identity. With more conversations surrounding preferred pronouns, gender identity, gender equality, and education/normalcy surrounding the topics - we as a workforce are taking huge steps to ensure that the work environments we are cultivating are more inclusive.

It's the little things:

Even with all of the beneficial conversations and actions being taken, it's important that we remember: it's the little things that matter most, and often times have the biggest impact. Though it may not seem like a big deal at the time, if you aren't certain, it's best to never make assumptions regarding someone's pronouns. If you're comfortable with someone and have a good relationship with the individual: ask! MyPronouns.org outlines the who, what, when, where, and hows of asking someone their preferred pronouns (and if you should).

It's no secret: as the world changes, the way we hire people is changing too. The Bloom Collective's Article articulates how inclusivity questions are moving to the forefront of the interview process and why pronoun preference matters to candidates.

Though it can seem intimidating, and perhaps even unprofessional - if you're really just hiring the best individual for the job (no matter what their pronouns are!!!), it's important we are aware, comfortable, and accepting - especially if these adaptations help other people be the best versions of themselves!

What can you do to help?

Talk about it! Ask questions! Do your research! Educate yourself. It's no secret that some topics can be a bit daunting to discuss. However, the more we welcome preferred pronouns into discussions, the more inclusive our communities become. As Marian Wright Edelman once said: "Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."

It's no secret that education starts at a young age. LittleThings.com provides insight on how to discuss pronouns with kids and why it's important: "Having respect for individuals regardless of their gender identity is of huge importance. That's what using someone's preferred choice of pronouns is all about."

Fun Facts:

  • Did you know: before LinkedIn introduced a section for preferred pronouns - (due to a massive number of users including them in their title sections) - this practice originally began on MySpace. It soon moved to Twitter in early 2012s as the LGBTQ+ community began to gain "clout" in the social media arena and entertainment industry.
  • As of today - NYU has announced that it's IT students have been working with Zoom on new Pronouns and Display Name fields that allow users to choose how they represent themselves in meetings.
  • According to Time and the Trevor Project, in July 2021, 26% of LGBTQ+ youths identify as using nonbinary pronouns
  • At that rate, by 2032, over 50% of the LGBTQIA+ community in the workforce may use nonbinary pronouns

Check out these awesome organizations doing amazing work with the LGBTQ+ community: