The Liberal Democrats are now offering all our email senders the option to add their pronouns into their email signature. We are making this change to signpost that our party is welcoming and inclusive for all and to normalise everyone sharing their pronouns, if they would like to.
What are “pronouns”?
Pronouns (he/she/they/ze etc) refer to how you would like people to refer to you when they are talking about you in the third person.
Your pronouns can either be gendered (he/his/him and she/her/hers) or they can be gender-neutral (they/them, ze/hir/hirs, and many others).
Gender-neutral pronouns are often used by people who identify as gender-neutral or non-binary. Some people are comfortable being referred to in multiple ways, and may indicate this when giving their pronouns. For example, if someone is comfortable with both she/her and they/them pronouns, they may list their preferred pronouns as she/they.
My pronouns are she/her or she/her/hers.
Why are we making this change?
We are making this change to make the party more welcoming and inclusive for all - including for those who identify as transgender, gender-neutral or non-binary.
Why doesn’t every email signature have pronouns now?
Two main reasons. Firstly, we are still in the process of rolling out this change across our emails, so there may be some people who will have their pronouns added to their signature in the future.
Secondly, this is not a change we are imposing on anyone. Every email sender has been or will be asked if they would like to include pronouns in their email signature. There are many reasons why someone would not want to include their pronouns in an email signature, including that they are questioning what pronouns they are most comfortable with.
I would like to urge in the strongest of terms that all members respect the choice that our Parliamentarians, staff and activists make and do not question their decision to either include or exclude pronouns from their signature.