The BCHA encourages staff, board and volunteers to proactively disclose their third-person pronouns on the website, in their email signatures and when introducing themselves so that people who communicate with or talk about them can use pronouns that accurately describe them.
“When someone is referred to by the wrong pronoun, it can make the person feel disrespected and alienated. Proactive pronoun disclosure is one way Humanists can live the progressive, inclusive, and affirming values to which we aspire.”
The use of gender neutral (like singular they) and neo-pronouns (like xe or ze) is inclusive, respectful to those marginalized, and consistent with the Humanist philosophy of progressive community engagement.
This helps normalize the practice. We encourage people who engage with us to do the same.
“Humanism is ethical. It affirms the worth, dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human being to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others.”
Read our Trans-Inclusion Policy or the American Humanist Association's personal pronouns document for more information on proactively disclosing personal pronouns.