Pronouns Guide

Pronouns are an important piece to trans+ allyship. Providing an inclusive environment enhances academic success for transgender and gender nonconforming students, and also ensures compliance with UMKC’s Nondiscrimination Policy protecting gender identity and gender expression.

Trans+ Pronouns

For many trans+ individuals, the lack of congruity between their gender identity and their sex assigned at birth can create stress and anxiety, which can then be magnified in the context of an unfamiliar classroom setting. To foster a less-stressful environment for students, we ask that you respect students’ gender identities and gender expressions and make a conscious effort to use their chosen name and pronouns when referring to them.

A pronoun is a word that a person uses to identify themselves. Many are familiar with he/him and she/her pronoun sets. However, some people use gender-neutral pronouns or simply request they be referred to by their first name instead of a pronoun.

Common pronouns

These are some of the most common pronouns and their applications. They may seem grammatically challenging at first, but can be used effortlessly with practice.

  1. She/her/her/hers/herself
  2. He/him/his/his/himself
  3. Sie or zie/hir/hir/hirs/hirself
  4. They/them/their/theirs/themself
  5. Ze/zim/zir/zirs/zirself
  6. Per/per/per/pers/perself

Usage examples

  • As subject - She/He/Sie or Zie/They/Ze/Per laughed at the notion of a gender binary.
  • As object - They tried to convince her/him/hir/them/zim/per that asexuality does not exist.
  • As possessive - Her/His/Hir/Their/Zir/Per favorite color is unknown.
  • As possessive pronoun - The pronoun card is hers/his/hirs/theirs/zirs/pers.
  • As reflexive - She/He/Sie or Zie/They/Ze/Per thinks highly of himself/herself/hirself/themself/zirself/perself.

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Not using a student’s correct name and pronouns could make the student feel disrespected, potentially out this student to their peers or create a difficult classroom environment.

One of the best ways to create an inclusive learning environment is to use your resources to become knowledgeable and stay up-to-date about these issues.

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