I’ve been using the gender pronouns he/him in my online profiles for a while now to build inclusivity and show support for those who get questioned about their gender identity. However, I’ve only just recently (as in the past few days) encountered the use of they/them/their in books. At first, I was confused, but after I realized the reason, it made sense and just felt good.
With so much racism and discrimination showing up in the world, seeing non-binary pronouns being used gave me a feeling that there is hope in the world. It’s probably just a small step in the right direction, but it’s a step nonetheless.
FYI, the book in the photo is The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo.
Here’s some more information about the importance of gender pronouns. It’s been a busy couple of years of education on social and cultural issues for me, and that continues.