The Pronoun Protocol
Beyond Pronoun Circles:
Carving out SAFE SPACE for ALL GENDERS
in Public and Educational Settings
The Pronoun Protocol is 12 agreements with the intention of creating a way of speaking that fundamentally includes everybody all the time and interrupts the cycle of gender stereotypes and assumptions. These agreements are designed to support adults in modeling gender-inclusive practices for kids.
Why is this important?
LANGUAGE is one of the most effective and immediate ways everybody can create change. By establishing inclusive ways to speak, it moves us toward greater equity and respect between all genders and helps establish safe spaces for children free of the pressure of expectations.
This is big, social justice work, but as usual, it's made up of many small, meaningful steps. Ideally engaging all 12 agreements is the goal but just beginning with one or two of the agreements will set a cascading effect of systemic change.
**Note: a book is in the works that explores the protocol in depth. In the meantime, check out the What are We Really Saying to our Kids? - Language Use & Gender online course that explores more in relation to how to use language to be more inclusive.