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Nowadays, it is increasingly common to see a person’s first name followed by pronouns in both English and French.

Presenting our pronouns is a way of trivialising the act of asking people for their customary pronouns and making everyone aware that there are gender identities beyond woman (she) or man (he).

Fictional examples:

  • Marcela, she/her
  • Luke, he/him/il
  • Isobel, iel/they/them
  • Harrison, iel
  • etc.

In order to avoid misgendering someone, do not hesitate to ask for their pronouns and give them yours as well. 

Fictional situations :

Hello, what are your preferred pronouns ?

My pronouns are “she/her” and yours ?

Hello, I am not very familiar with the pronoun “iel” in French, how should I agree adjectives, determiners and past participles ?

Hello, I agree “iel” in the feminine and masculine alternately, I invite you to do the same.

Hello, could you remind me what are your preferred pronouns ? Mine are she/her/hers + feminine agreement.

Gladly, my pronouns are he/him/he + masculine agreement.