Gender Identity Resources

TU is committed to an inclusive campus for all community members, including all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations. The following information provides useful information on resources and policies supporting gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Gender identity resources is part of an ongoing effort to improve the TU campus climate for students. To learn more, read the Diversity Strategic Plan and its finding.

What are Pronouns?

A pronoun is a word that refers to either the person talking (I or you), someone or something that is being talked about (she, it, them) or their name. Gender pronouns specifically refer to the person that is being talked about (for instance he and she) and in some cases do not imply ‘male’ or ‘female’ meaning they are gender neutral (for instance they, xe, ey).

Commonly Used Pronouns

Use the table below to enter the pronouns and understand how they work.

  • Subject: (Column 1) laughed at the notion of a gender binary.
  • Object: They tried to convince (column 2) that asexuality does not exist.
  • Possessive: (Column 3) favorite color is unknown.
  • Possessive Pronoun: The pronoun card is (column 4).
  • Reflexive: (Column 1) think(s) highly of (column 5).
1 2 3 4 5
(f)ae (f)aer (f)aer (f)aers (f)aerself
e/ey em eir eirs eirself
he him his his himself
per per pers pers perself
she her her hers herself
they them their theirs themself
ve ver vis vis verself
xe xem xyr xyrs xemself
ze/zie hir hir hirs hirself

Pronouns Usage

Pronouns for Practice

For more practice use this app developed my Minus18 to understand pronoun usage.

Report a Bias-Related Incident

Any member of the university community can make a report about a possible bias-related incident. Even if you are unsure whether you have experienced a bias-related incident or have questions use the form below.

What is a Bias-Related Incident?

The term ‘bias-related’ refers to language and/or behaviors that demonstrate bias against persons because of, but not limited to, actual or perceived: ability, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, race, religion and/or sexual orientation.

Examples may include defacement of posters or signs, comments or messages, jokes or humor, vandalism to personal or university property, or similar acts if there is evidence that the target of the incident was chosen because of a characteristic such as those listed above.

Report a possible bias-related incident (or call 410-704-0203).

Submit a Report

Chosen and Preferred Name

Students, faculty and staff will be able to indicate their chosen and preferred name as well as pronouns by completing the form located on the Chosen and Preferred Name Resources page. Please contact  with any issues or questions.

FAQs

Understanding pronouns beyond the two options of she/her/hers and he/him/his creates space for experiences and identities outside of the gender binary. 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. Correctly using an individual’s preferred pronoun or using a gender-neutral pronoun if not indicated or unsure is an easy way to show respect and create a welcoming and inclusive space.

It is never safe to make assumptions about an individual’s pronouns based on how they look and how we perceive them. Whether intentional or unintentional, using the wrong pronouns can be hurtful, angering, and seen as a sign of disrespect. It is like saying: “you do not matter to me, and I do not respect you as a person.” Choosing to ignore or disrespect an individual’s pronouns is not only disrespectful and hurtful but also oppressive. It can make a person feel not only disrespected but alienated, dismissed, invalidate or dysphoric.

It is OK if you made a mistake. Let's discuss what you do next.

If you realize the mistake at that moment, you can say, “Sorry, I meant (insert pronoun).” If you become aware after the fact, apologize in private and move on.

Do not make your apology an event of mass proportion. Though you may feel bad, it is not the responsibility of the misgendered to make you feel better.

Take an active role in your classes and correct students using the wrong pronoun. In the classroom, you can say, "Logan uses the pronoun he," and continue the discussion.

If a faculty or staff member or student uses the wrong pronoun, do not ignore their error. Ask the person misgendered if they would like your help in correcting that person. You can approach the person and say, “I noticed you were getting referred to with the wrong pronoun earlier, and I know that could be hurtful. Would it be OK if I take them to the side and remind them about your pronouns?”

Asking for someone’s pronouns is as easy as saying: “Which pronouns do you use?” You can start the conversation by introducing yourself using your pronouns, for example, “Hi, my name is Professor Guiterrez, and I use the pronouns she/her/hers.”

You can also say, “I ask everybody this question” or “I don’t make any assumptions about the pronouns people use; which pronouns would you like me to use for you?”

  • when introducing yourself
  • email signature
  • business cards
  • online (social media bios, name on zoom)
  • pins/badges/buttons
  • name tags

Normalize asking everyone what their pronouns are regardless of their appearance. Not just people you are unsure of. As spaces change, checking in again with what someone else’s pronouns are.

It is okay not to know what pronouns you would prefer to use for yourself, and it’s okay if your pronouns change. The most important thing is to educate yourself and learn what makes you feel seen and understood. There is a wealth of resources about the meaning of different pronouns. This page is a good place to start. It is okay to try out different pronouns as you learn what fits best.

Here is a list of options to start with.

Resources

The resources below are from recommended local providers of transgender care and education. If you know of updates or other information that should be on this page, please contact us via our email or by calling us at 410-704-0203.

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