International Pronouns Day - October 17, 2018
The Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (EOCR) seeks to cultivate a community at the University of Virginia in which the asking, sharing, and respecting of a person's chosen personal pronouns is common practice. This is not simply a matter of semantics or political correctness. Referring to people who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming, in particular, by the wrong pronouns, especially intentionally, can have a negative, devaluing impact. In contrast, referring to people by the pronouns they choose for themselves to identify with is a relatively easy but fundamental way to give meaning to a core University value--respect for others. The English language has a number of pronouns that are used to describe an individual when you are talking about them and many, like she and he, are gendered terms. As such, use of these pronouns can lead to assumptions that have a powerful impact on interpersonal relationships and community building. International Pronouns Day, a global effort to which our efforts at EOCR are connected, is designed to raise awareness of and promote the use of chosen third person personal pronouns. A key goal is to educate and provide people with the tools to break free from assumptions and actively join the effort to promote an inclusive living, learning, and working environment for everyone.
Please join us on October 17, 2018 (and every day!) in respecting the use of chosen pronouns within and beyond the University community by wearing a button and engaging others in constructive dialogue on the topic.
Pronoun Button Availability
In addition to a distribution site on the Lawn/East Range on October 17, 2018, the following offices and locations will have pronoun buttons available:
- Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
- Multicultural Student Center/LGBTQ Center
- UVA Medical Center
- Student Health (CAPS and Health Promotions)
- UVA-Wise Office for Compliance, Conduct, and Inclusion
- UVA Law School
- Darden School of Business
- UVA School of Nursing - McLeod Hall
- UVA Women's Center
Free CeCe! - International Pronouns Day Event, hosted by EOCR
Please join us on October 17, 2018 from 5:15 - 7:30 PM in Newcomb Theater for a film screening, discussion, and reception on International Pronouns Day!
Free CeCe! is a documentary produced by (and featuring) Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox. The film confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color and the prison industrial complex. CeCe McDonald - a trans black woman - was attacked, in self-defense ended up killing her attacker, and subsequently was charged with murder. Although a woman, CeCe ended up spending part of her 19 months in a male prison and was initially denied her correct regimen of hormones.