Leukaemia Care takes steps to show support for the LGBTQ+ community

To show the charity's support for the LGBTQ+ community, Leukaemia Care have taken the decision to include staff members' pronouns in their email signatures. Find out more about this decision here.

Leukaemia Care stands with the LGBTQ+ community and supports equal rights for all no matter ethnicity or sexual orientation.

We wanted a way to show this support, however, and so Leukaemia Care staff who feel comfortable sharing their pronouns will be doing so in their email signatures.

What are pronouns?

A pronoun is defined as a word that replaces a noun, such as ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘thing’ or ‘it’. Personal pronouns are nouns used to refer to a person without the use of their name. Personal pronouns include:

  • He/Him/His/Himself
  • She/Her/Hers/Herself
  • They/Them/Their/Theirs/Themself

Gender-neutral pronouns (pronouns that are not associated specifically with either the male or female gender), include:

  • They/Them/Their/Theirs/Themself
  • Xe/Xem/Xy/Xyrs/Xemself

For some, the sex they were assigned at birth – either male or female – does not reflect the gender they most identify with, whether that be male, female, neither or a blend of both.

Why is Leukaemia Care doing this?

As a tangible way of showing our support for the LGBTQ+ community.

It can be especially helpful for cisgender (someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth) people to include their pronouns in their email signature. This normalises the practice of stating personal pronouns, allowing those who are transgender and/or non-binary to feel more comfortable in sharing their pronouns, and reduces the chance of misgendering someone.

It’s for these reasons that Leukaemia Care is taking these steps to normalise the use of personal pronouns. We hope that this small step from the charity will benefit our LGBTQ+ supporters.

If you have any questions regarding our support for the LGBTQ+ community, please email communications@leukaemiacare.org.uk or call 01905 755977.

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