Celebrate International Pronouns Day with Cville Pride! Get a free taste of chocolate, a free pronoun pin, and learn all about how to use inclusive pronouns and why being an active ally for the trans and gender-nonconforming community matters.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12-1:30 pm
Where: Cocoa & Spice, at York Place on the Downtown Mall
This is a free event.
What is International Pronouns Day?
International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity, but many transgender and gender nonconforming people are regularly called by the wrong pronouns, which causes erasure and marginalization.
“Trans and gender nonconforming people, especially Black folks and those perceived to be feminine, are often harmed by many forms of interpersonal and systemic violence. An action as small as respecting names and pronouns can begin a conversation about justice and about creating the workplaces, educational environments, and communities where we all thrive,” said Shige Sakurai (they), the campaign’s founder and the creator of the educational MyPronouns.org website. “For me, it’s a spiritual undertaking, and it’s about wellbeing. We have to end assumptions and erasure and the harm they create.”
International Pronouns Day occurs on the third Wednesday of October each year, and in 2019 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Cville Pride is also hosting a TransNightOut event on Oct. 16 from 5-7 pm at Market Street Wine Shop.