Pronouns are one of the ways we portray our identities. When someone asks you to use their pronouns, they are asking for you to respect their identity. When someone refers to another person using the wrong pronouns, especially on purpose, that can lead to that person feeling disrespected and can lead to dysphoria, exclusion, and alienation. It is never safe to assume someone’s gender and living a life where people will naturally assume the correct pronouns for you is a privilege that not everyone experiences. Choosing to ignore or disrespect someone’s pronouns is not only an act of oppression but can also be considered an act of violence.from the Center for Inclusion and Social Change at the University of Colorado Boulder.
In talking about issues of race, a common vocabulary is essential to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Words often have different meanings to different people, based on their experiences. The purpose of this glossary, which is a work in progress, is to help avoid such misunderstandings. Not everyone will agree on the definition of every word; but everyone should have a common understanding of how words are being used in particular circumstances (from the Racial Equity Resource Guide by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.)
Key Equity Terms and Concepts: A Glossary for Shared Understanding by The Center for the Study of Social Policy
How to Manage When Things Are Not Okay (And Haven't Been For Centuries) by The Management Center