Using Your Preferred Pronoun

There’s been a trend to use your preferred pronoun in email signatures like as:

Joe Jones (he/him)

Zadie Zorn (she/her)

Leslie Madison (they/them)

I might have written about this before in here. I’m going to cover it again for new followers.

I’ve read that when a cisgender person lists their preferred pronoun it helps Trans and other individuals feel safe to do the same.

Is it possible though that when you identify as they/them in an email and the person receiving it hasn’t met you in person they will attribute traits to you based on your perceived identity?

Only none of us should fear expressing our gender identity. Feel free to fire up they/them after your name in an email.

Having gender pride is a healthy form of self-expression.

I’ve decided that in 2021 I’m going to go the she/her route in my work email signature.

This is one of the few areas where the fact that “everybody’s doing it” makes sense for a person to follow along.

Of course the choice is yours. You have the right to list only your full name and job title in a work email.

It gets dicey further when composing the content of an email message.

I’ll talk about this in the coming blog entry.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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