International Pronouns Day 2019: Press Release

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Second Annual Observance, October 16, 2019
Cville Pride invites the local community to celebrate with fun & educational events

Wednesday, October 16, Charlottesville/Albemarle area locals have several opportunities to celebrate International Pronouns Day while tasting chocolate and wine and supporting local businesses.

Take a Bite Out of Bias at Cocoa & Spice 

Wednesday, October 16th, 12-1:30 pm: Stop by for a free chocolate sample, a pronoun pin, and resources. York Place on the downtown mall.

Wine & Beer & Pronoun Pins! TransNightOut 

Wednesday, October 16th, 5-7 pm: Free wine and beer tasting, pronoun pins, and resources. Meet new and old friends. Market Street Wine Shop, Market Street.

Run with UVA President Ryan for Pronouns Day

Thursday, October 17th at 7 am: Get up and at ‘em! Join President Ryan for a run, free pronoun pins, and to show your support for the University’s efforts to promote inclusion. Meet on the steps of Madison Hall (President’s Office) 1705 University Ave.

You can also attend other UVA pronoun celebrations with the EOCR.

What is International Pronouns Day?

International Pronouns Day seeks to inspire people, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, to learn how and why to share their personal pronouns on a regular basis. 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. “For me, it’s a spiritual undertaking, and it’s about wellbeing. We have to end assumptions and erasure and the harm they create.”

Pronouns Day Events in Charlottesville

Everyone’s invited to come to the downtown mall and stop by Cocoa & Spice during lunch on October 16th. At this LGBTQ-owned business, a favorite of the Cville Pride Festival now located at York Place, people can get a taste of handmade chocolate and pick up a free pronoun pin. 

“Being vocal and visible with your pronouns, with a pin or in your email signature or when you introduce yourself, is a simple yet profound way to be inclusive to the transgender and gender nonconforming community,” Amy-Sarah Marshall, president of Cville Pride says. “It may feel strange at first, but once we all stop assuming we can tell someone’s gender by looking, and make it a normal practice to share and respect how we refer to each other, the less we cause trans individuals to feel marginalized and ‘other’ in our midst.”

Along with the free pins, Marshall hopes people will take advantage of the event to ask questions they have and find resources to educate themselves on how to be supportive and inclusive of the transgender community.

“Transgender individuals have a 40% attempted suicide rate, and are at risk of high levels of violence and discrimination,” Marshall says. “This vulnerable population needs all the love we can give.”

About TransNightOut

TransNightOut is a monthly opportunity for the trans community to socialize and find support. For October, TNO will be hosted by Market Street Wine Shop, which will include a free beer and wine tasting Oct. 16 from 5-7 pm. This will be yet another opportunity for community members to get free pronoun pins and learn more about becoming an inclusive, supportive ally.

 

To schedule interviews or coverage, please contact Amy Sarah Marshall at amymarshall@cvillepride.org or 434.882.1588 (cell).

 

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Charlottesville Pride Community Network (Cville Pride) is a Charlottesville-based   501(c)(3) nonprofit that creates a vibrant, visible, and inclusive LGBTQ community presence in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the surrounding region that promotes equality through events, education, outreach, and advocacy To find out more: www.cvillepride.org .  

 

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