CASA of Los Angeles values diversity in all forms, including gender identity and expression. To create a more diverse company culture, we proactively include gender pronouns as part of our efforts to be gender-inclusive.

What are gender pronouns?

Gender pronouns are the words that people choose to refer to themselves.

What are some commonly used pronouns?

  • she/her/hers
  • he/him/his
  • they/them/theirs
  • ze/hir/hirs
  • Just my name, please!

This is not an exhaustive list of all pronouns, which do evolve. If you ask someone’s pronoun and you have not heard it previously, it is not insulting to ask for the spelling and different conjugations. Just let the person know you are asking to make sure their pronouns are respected.

How do you ask someone about their gender pronoun?

As part of an introduction, you can say “Tell us your name, your role, and if you’re comfortable, your gender pronoun.” You might hear gender-neutral pronouns like “they, them, theirs” – or some people prefer that you simply use their name. In a one-on-one conversation, the best way to ask is with a straightforward: “What are your gender pronouns?” or “Can you remind me of which pronouns you like for yourself?”

Why is it important to respect gender pronouns?

  • If a person has never had to worry about which pronoun others use for them, gender pronouns might not seem important. For many, their singular and visible gender identity is a privilege. Not everybody has this privilege. Consistently using someone’s correct pronouns shows respect for that individual’s gender identity. When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, that person may feel dismissed, alienated, or unwelcome.
  • Pronouns are a matter of self-determination. We can’t assume someone’s gender identity based on appearances.
  • Knowing and using someone’s gender pronouns is a positive way to support the people you work with.
  • Many people may be learning about gender pronouns for the first time. We are proud to facilitate awareness about these important issues.