Police Suggest Asking Preferred Pronouns, Share Gender-Neutral Pronoun Guide


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A police department suggested people should ask others their preferred personal pronouns Wednesday, sharing a chart with nontraditional pronouns like “they/them/their” and “ze/hir/hir.”

Halton Regional Police in Canada made the suggestion via Twitter, attaching a “Handy Guide to Pronouns.”

“If you’re not sure what pronoun somebody uses, just ask,” said the police. “What are your preferred pronouns?”

The attached pronoun guide includes traditional pronouns like “he/his/him” and “she/her/her,” as well as atypical pronouns like “ze/hir/hir,” “ze/zem/zir,” “they/their/them,” “and “ey/eir/em.”

A sample sentence follows each set of pronouns. “Ey went to the store to buy emself a hat. I saw em wearing eir hat today,” reads one. (RELATED: Canadians Could Face Hate Crimes Over Using Wrong Gender Pronouns)

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