Trans Awareness Week 13-19 November
Posted on November 08, 2021
BE A TRANS ALLY!
Open Access College supports Trans Awareness Week!
Celebrate and stand with the trans and gender diverse community during Trans Awareness Week. This year might look a little different for some of us, but it’s the perfect time to educate yourself and those around you on what it means to be a trans ally – in person, or digitally.
What are pronouns? Helpful info from www.minus18.org.au
Learning pronouns helps trans people
- When we speak, we use gendered pronouns without even noticing,
- eg. he/him, she/her, they/them.
- You can’t always know someone’s pronouns by looking at them.
- Using the wrong pronouns can cause anyone to feel disrespected.
Share your pronouns with others
- Displaying your pronouns shows others you’ll respect theirs.
- Try introducing your name with pronouns (“My name is Sarah, she/her”).
- Try wearing your pronouns as a badge, or within your email signature.
Pronouns aren't always obvious
- Use gender neutral pronouns (eg. they / them) when you’re unsure.
- Never use ‘it’ to refer to other people.
- Try creating an environment where others do the same lead by example!
It can take a bit to learn
- If you make a mistake - don’t make a fuss. Correct yourself and move on.
- Try gently correcting someone if they use the wrong pronouns, even if
- the person they’re talking about is not around.
- Remember: even small actions can make a big difference!
Find out more about Trans Awareness Week here: https://www.minus18.org.au/campaigns/trans-awareness-week