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LGBTQIA+ Local Resources

Below find a list of resources/services for support and information, regarding “Coming Out” and other Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/ Transgendered/Queer/Questioning issues, for yourself or a friend.

LGBTQIA+ Affirming Christian Ministries:

Resource List at other Colleges/Universities

LGBTQIA+ National Resources

  • The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

 

National Career/Employment Resources

  • Out and Equal Workplace Advocates: Out & Equal is the premier organization working exclusively on LGBTQ workplace equality. Through our worldwide programs, Fortune 500 partnerships and our annual Workplace Summit conference, we help LGBTQ people thrive and support organizations creating a culture of belonging for all.

 

Other Online Resources

 

Medical Resources

Pronouns

Gender Inclusive Pronouns

There are three sets of commonly used gender-neutral pronouns:

sie, hir, hir, hirs, hirself
zie, zir, zir, zirs, zirself

  • So instead of he/she, you may use sie/zie pronounced "see"/'zie"
  • So instead of him/her, you may use hir/zir pronounced "here"/like "sir" with "z"
  • So instead of his/hers, you may use hirs/zirs pronounced "here's"/like "sirs" with a "z"
  • so instead of himself/herself, you may use hirself/zirself pronounced "here-self"/like "sir-self with a "z"

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How do I know which pronouns to use?

If the person you’re referring to is a stranger or brief acquaintance (like a server, cashier, fellow bus patron, etc), you may not need to know. If the person is a classmate, student, or coworker, for example, it is best to ask. Try:

  • “What pronouns do you use?”
  • “How would you like me to refer to you?”
  • “How would you like to be addressed?”
  • “My name is Tou and my pronouns are he and him. What about you?”

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How often do pronouns change?

Remember that people may change their pronouns without changing their name, appearance, or gender identity. Try making pronouns an optional part of introductions or check-ins at meetings or in class.

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What if I make a mistake?

Most people appreciate a quick apology and correction at the time of the mistake. Try:

  • “Her books are—I’m sorry, hir books are over there.”
    By correcting yourself, you’re modeling respectful pronoun use for others in the conversation.

If you only realize the mistake later, a brief apology can help. Try:

  • “I’m sorry I used the wrong pronoun earlier."
  • "I’ll be more careful next time.”

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When should I correct others?

Some people may not want a lot of public attention to their pronouns, while others will appreciate you standing up for them. If someone uses the wrong pronoun for a person who isn’t present, try a brief correction:

  • “I think Sam uses she and her pronouns. And yes, I’m going to her house later too!”

It can be tough to remember pronouns at first. The best solution is to practice! Correct pronoun use is an easy step toward showing respect for people of every gender.

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What might this look like in other languages?

Check out the links below for more information regarding Gender Inclusive Pronoun usage in other languages.

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