• Students will learn each other’s pronouns.
  • Students will engage in a nonjudgmental discussion about pronouns.
  • Students will learn how to incorporate inclusivity into disclosing and asking for someone’s pronouns.

  • Before starting the activity, it’s important that you review the WHY it’s important to use pronouns.
  • You can’t always know what someone’s pronouns are by looking at them. Asking for and correctly using someone’s pronouns is one of the most basic ways to show your respect for their gender identity.
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  • Get into a group of about 7 people. Share your name, your pronouns, and gender. If you are uncomfortable doing any part of this, you can say “pass.” Invite members to let the group know if they are comfortable with their name/pronouns/gender being known to others, or if they want their information to stay within the group.
  • Open up with discussion questions such as, “What do your name/pronouns/gender represent about you?” “Do you feel that your pronouns correlate with your gender?” “Have you tried experimenting with your name/pronouns/gender expression?”
  • Individually write down:
    • Some things you could commit to doing to further awareness and acceptance of transgender or gender-nonconforming (GNC) people.
    • What you could commit to doing before your next club meeting to help support someone in their gender expression and identity.
    • Share your ideas with your group and place your ideas in a space where you can see them and be reminded of their call to action.
  • As a group write down:
    • Ways you can support transgender or GNC people in your school. Share your ideas and vote on which idea you will work to address before your next club meeting.

  • What do you think can be useful about sharing pronouns?
  • What is difficult for you about using your pronouns or anyone else’s pronouns?
  • What do you think is conveyed when you incorrectly vs. correctly gender someone?
  • To those who have changed their pronouns or experimented with different pronouns, what has it been like for you to do that?
  • What do you wish was different in how society handles gender and pronouns?
  • How would you want something to behave if they were to misgender you?


Co-created with Emerson Birrell, GMU, Bachelor of Social Work 2021