What to Say & What not to Say

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Mason Dunn

Tips for using Gender-Inclusive Language

When we use gendered phrases like, “hey guys” or “ladies and gentlemen” to address a group, we’re sending a signal about who is and isn’t included. If I refer to someone whose pronouns we don’t know using words like, “girl, boy, man, woman,” I run the risk of misgendering them and potentially outing them as transgender.

Gender neutral language enables us to refer to nonbinary people and talk about people without specifying their gender. We can address a group in a way that makes everyone feel included. This is good for us all — no matter our gender! To learn more about using gender-inclusive language click here.

Tips for using LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Language

Educating yourself is the first step to becoming an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community. Making some simple changes to the words you use can have a big impact!