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About Gender Pronouns

Guide To Supporting Patients Accessing Specialist Gender Identity Services

Section 2.3

Gender pronouns are how we refer to a person’s gender: he or him, she or her. Many trans people will strongly expect gender pronouns to be used according to the gender that they are now living in. So for a trans man, this would be he or him, for a trans woman, she or her. Preferred pronouns can change over time as a person transitions or discovers more about what feels right. Some genderqueer people may not mind which pronouns are used or may not like gender pronouns being applied to them at all, using non gender-specific terms such as they/them/theirs instead.

There is a rule of thumb to negotiate this complexity: is if it isn’t clear, discreetly, tactfully and sensitively ask the person. You may even want to practice a form of wording: “What’s your preferred gender pronoun?”, “What title do you prefer?” A calmly worded, tactful enquiry is likely to be better received than embarrassed, stumbling uncertainty over pronouns that risks causing offence.


Introduction Guide Home Page
Section 1.0 About This Guide
Section 1.1 Why This Guide Is Needed
Section 1.2 Current Context
Section 2.0 Developing Understanding About Trans People
Section 2.1 New Thinking About Gender
Section 2.2 About Trans Identities
Section 2.3 About Gender Pronouns
Section 3.0 High Quality Services for Trans People
Section 3.1 Getting It Right
Section 3.2 A Special Note on Children and Young People
Section 3.3 A Special Note on Screening: Screen for the Organs Present
Section 4.0 Understanding the Patient Groups
Section 4.1 Understanding Specialist Gender Identity Services
Section 4.2 The Approach to Treatment
Section 4.3 Treatment Protocols
Section 4.4 Available Treatments - Adults
Section 4.5 Available Treatments - Children and Young People
Section 4.6 The Role of the GP
Section 5.0 Changing NHS Records
Section 5.1 Information Sharing - The Gender Recognition Act 2004
Section 5.2 Medical Reports
Section 6.0 Supporting Patients
Section 6.1 Sources of Information and Support
Section 7.0 Glossary