WIU International Pronouns Day

MACOMB, IL – To celebrate International Pronouns Day, which is the third Wednesday of October, the Western Illinois University LGBT*QA Resource Center and the City of Macomb is partnering to sign a proclamation in honor of the day, which seeks to make respecting, sharing and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

The proclamation signing will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the Multicultural Center on the WIU campus. International Pronouns Day began in 2018 and takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of October each year. International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

"The LGBT*QA Resource Center is elated to host our City leaders and collaborate with them to help those individuals feel seen and valued in both our local and campus communities," said Kairo Scott, LGBT*QA Resource Center graduate assistant. "Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects trans* and gender nonconforming individuals. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people's multiple, intersecting identities.

"The LGBT*QA Resource Center encourages faculty, staff, and students to utilize strategies in their everyday routines to normalize the use of pronouns. Examples of these strategies include adding your pronouns to your email signature and giving your pronouns in any introductions. This helps to remove the pressure from trans* and non-binary individuals and creates a space where everyone shares equally," Scott added.

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