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they, them

a set of pronouns, commonly associated with nonbinary gender identities, although not exclusively, either, as they are also used when referring to people in the plural third-person (e.g. “they marched in the Pride Parade“), but also in a general neutral way, that is, either deliberately not to disclose a person’s gender, or when the gender is unknown.

Some people deliberately choose to use gender-neutral pronouns in order not to disclose a person’s gender and thus avoid gender bias.

Pronoun Usage:

  • they (“they will be marching in the Pride Parade tomorrow”);
  • them (“that Pride Flag belongs to them”);
  • their (“their sense of style is remarkable”);
  • theirs (“that Pride Flag is theirs”);
  • themself/theirself (“Jay danced by themself/theirself”).

Originally published: 7th December, 2020
Last modified: 7th December, 2020