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Gender Inclusive/Neutral Pronouns (PGPs)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are gender inclusive/neutral pronouns?

A gender neutral or gender inclusive pronoun is a pronoun which does not associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed.For example: If Lisa’s pronouns are she, her, and hers, you could say “Lisa ate her food because she was hungry.” Or if Logan’s pronouns are ze, zir, and zirs, you could say “Logan ate zir food because ze was hungry.”

Why are gender inclusive/neutral pronouns important?

Understanding pronouns beyond the two options of masculine and feminine builds community that supports experiences and identities outside of the gender binary. Asking and correctly using someone’s pronouns is one of the most basic ways to show your respect for their gender identity.  Some people do not wish to be referred to with pronouns and ask that other simply use their name only.

You can’t always know what someone’s pronouns are by looking at them. The act of not using someone’s proper pronoun is called misgendering. While using pronouns unconsciously may not have bad intent, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful, but may also make those in the transgender community and non-binary individuals feel dismissed and worse, oppressed.

How do I know which pronoun to use?

Though it may be coming from a very supportive and inclusive intention, we do not always need to know the pronouns of strangers or people around us. However, if this is someone you connect with regularly, and you do not know how to refer to them, it is best to ask.

 

RU Guide to Pronouns: If you are not sure what pronoun somebody uses, ask respectfully. A good example of this is: “What are your preferred pronouns?” Remember a person’s identity does not rely on your understanding the pronouns they prefer.

he - his - him

He went to the store to buy himself a hat.  I saw him wearing his hat today.

she - her - her

She went to the store to buy herself a hat.  I saw her wearing her hat today.

ze - hir – hir

Ze went to the store to buy hirself a hat.  I saw hir wearing hir hat today.

ze - zem – zir

Ze went to the store to buy zirself a hat.  I saw zem wearing zir hat today.

they – their – them

They went to the store to buy themselves a hat.  I saw them wearing their hat today.

ey - eir - em

Ey went to the store to buy emself a hat.  I saw em wearing eir hat today.

 

 

Radford University - All Gender Restroom Facilities

A unisex public toilet (alternatively gender-inclusive or gender-neutral) is a bathroom that people of any gender orgender identity may use.

A message from Specturm, LGBTQ+ Alliance at Radford University "We hope that these new restrooms will help all our fellow LGBTQ+ students and that it's one less things to stress about during your career here at Radford." 

Building

Location

Current Signage

CHBS

First Floor

All Gender Bathroom

CHBS

Third Floor

All Gender Bathroom

CHBS

Fifth Floor

All Gender Bathroom

Cupp Stadium

Concourse Level

All Gender Bathroom

Kyle

First Floor

All Gender Bathroom

Kyle

Second and Third Floors

All Gender Bathroom

SRWC

Level One

All Gender Bathroom

Waldron

First Floor

All Gender Bathroom

Bolling, Draper, Pocahontas

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Armstrong

Ground Floor

All Gender Bathroom

Dedmon

Level 3

All Gender Bathroom

McConnell

Levels 3, 4, 5

All Gender Bathroom

Preston

Level Two

All Gender Bathroom

Walker

First Floor

All Gender Bathroom

Ingles

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Peery, Trinkle, Floyd, Stuart

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Jefferson, Madison

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Moffett

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Muse

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Norwood

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Tyler

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom

Washington

First Floor Lobby

All Gender Bathroom