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The Pronoun Go 'Round

The 'Pronoun Go 'Round': Our Changing Language Around Gender

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An attendee holds up flags during the New York City Pride Parade, Sunday, June 24, 2018, in New York.
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The Pronoun Go 'Round

How we define gender is shifting, and so is the way we talk about it. Most notably, the way we use gender pronouns. For example, he/him for a man, she/her for a woman or they/them for someone who doesn’t identify with either gender.

It’s a change that has come easy for some, but for many people it’s an adjustment that can be anxiety-inducing as they worry about saying the wrong thing. And then there are still others who simply don’t get why there is a need for a change.


Grace Sterling Stowell - Executive director of the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth, also known as BAGLY, and a regular Under the Radar contributor.

Jessica Halem - LGBT Program Director at Harvard Medical School’s Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.

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