What do you mean by "my pronouns are ze/zir/zirs or they/them/theirs"?
If you're talking about Nicki Minaj, you would say, "She just dropped her new album."
If you're talking about Ron Weasley, you would say, "He broke his wand in Chamber of Secrets."
If you're talking about me, you would say, "Ze designed zir website," or "They designed their website."
Why do you list your pronouns right after your name?
Pronouns are, by definition, used in place of a name: they are an extension of what people are called. Just we do not assume names, we should not assume pronouns. By presenting both together, you now know—fully—what to call me.
For more information, check out:
- This opinion editorial I wrote about why it's inclusive for everyone to share their pronouns during introductions.
- This awesome comic about pronoun etiquette.
How does one use ze/zir/zirs pronouns?
zee / zeer / zeers
Ze had this cool idea.
Max told me about zir cool idea.
That cool idea was zirs.
Why do you use those pronouns?
I am a nonbinary transgender person, meaning I am neither a man nor a woman—that is, I do not fit into that binary. Ze/zir/zirs is just one example of the many gender-neutral pronouns used in the English language.
I am also fine with being addressed by they/them/theirs pronouns, although ze/zir/zirs is always my first choice.
If you have further questions, I highly encourage you to contact me; after all, being an educator is one of my primary interests!