- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

The pronouns “he” and “she” refer to men and women, obviously. But a group of gender-neutral pronouns has sprung up, including “ze” or “per,” sometimes used in the transgender community or among those who don’t identify as male or female. Colleges including Harvard and American universities have allowed students to choose gender-neutral pronouns. Here’s a table of some common - and uncommon - alternatives to “he” and “she.”

Traditional (gender-binary) pronouns
she, her, hers
he, him, his
Gender-neutral pronounsPronunciation
they, them, theirs (used as a singular pronoun)
ze, hir, hirszhee, heer, heerz
ze, zir, zirszhee, zheer, zheerz
xe, xem, xyrzhee, zhem, zheer
e, em, eirsee, em, airs
per, per, pers
hu, hum, huswho, whom, whose

Source: Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, the University of Tennessee


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