A huge amount of the day-to-day language we do alienates transgendered people, or, worse, mislabels them. Here are just a few alternatives to phrases that often cause trouble.
This will be extended over time but for the moment her are some examples of gender-neutral alternatives to a lot of the gendered language we use day to day.
- Sir/Madam Alternatives
- Some descriptor of who you are writing too and why e.g Customer(s), Client(s), Householder.
- To Whom It May Concern.
- Dear recipient.
- Ladies and Gentlemen
- ‘Your attention please’
- ‘Guests’,’Honoured guests’
- He/She: there are manygender neutral pronouns, here are some examples:
- Singular They, was in very common usage historically and is entirely natural in use within English. They is a good default if you are unsure of someone’s pronoun preference and need to refer to them as such. It’s always best to find out what someone prefers themself.
- Spivak: E, em, eir.
- Sie, hir.
- Pronouns that should be avoided:
- He/She in combination.