For Pride Month, two young people school the grown-ups on all they need to know about personal pronouns.
According to Pew Research, 35% of people aged between 10 and 25 know someone who uses “they/them” pronouns, or something similar. This makes Generation Z the most likely to encounter or use gender-neutral pronouns. It also leaves some parents in a pickle.
Here is what you may come across:
- Jane: she/her (this means that Jane chooses to be referred to as she or her)
- Ben: he/they (this means that Ben chooses to be referred to by either )
- Sidney: they/them (this means that Sidney chooses to be referred to by pronouns that are gender-neutral)
Data from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University suggests that the way parents react when their children share information about their gender can have a lifelong impact on the child’s mental health.
Consistently using the wrong pronoun with your teen can leave them feeling rejected and hurt
We all want to support our child to be confident about, and true to, themselves. So to mark Pride Month, we’ve asked two members of Gen Z to spell out exactly why personal pronouns matter to them, how to get them right, and what to do if you get them wrong.