Here at Walden, our Pride is in our ability to connect; from one heart to another heart. This means that when we work with clients and each other, our priority is to treat one another as equals, as allies and respected members of the greater Walden community.
Today is National Pronoun Day.
We understand that due to a lack of understanding and/or education, many people may feel ill-equipped to interact effectively with the LGBTQ+ community. We want to help put your mind at ease and improve the experience of those identifying within the LGBTQ+ population. To do this, we think it is important to reiterate the power of gender inclusive pronouns.
So, why do gender inclusive pronouns matter?
- Using gender inclusive pronouns show the LGBTQ+ population that we accept them for exactly who they are. What we know about acceptance is that it is one of the greatest indicators for successful treatment outcomes. Put simply, using pronouns can greatly impact the rate at which our patients feel better.
- Using gender inclusive pronouns demonstrates respect. In order to form collaborative relationships with both our clients and the people around us, we must approach all people with respect to maximize results and improve therapeutic connections.
- Using gender inclusive pronouns nurtures an explicitly welcoming culture and environment. This is especially important for the LGBTQ+ community because they may not have the privilege of assuming that their environments are safe, supportive or welcoming. That is why it is critical for us all to ensure that our welcomes are explicit.
- Using gender inclusive pronouns helps us to avoid making assumptions about gender. What we know about gender is that it cannot be assessed based solely on outward expression. Using pronouns creates the opportunity for us all to share pronouns so that we can avoid ‘misgendering’ someone (which can feel incredibly painful).
- Using gender inclusive pronouns challenge cisnormativity. Cisnormativity is the belief that everyone is cisgender (a person whose sex assigned at birth aligns with their gender identity) which can invalidate the identities of those that do not identify as cisgender.
- Using gender inclusive pronouns challenges transphobia. Transphobia is the fear, hatred and/or discrimination against transgender people and the community as a whole. If we continue utilizing pronouns as part of our everyday vernacular, it will become more normalized and better understood.
We hope that the information in this blog will help to create a more collaborative and inclusive environment for all individuals regardless of gender and/or gender identity.
If you or someone you love are looking for a welcoming place to heal from an eating disorder, we would love to hear from you. Our care team looks forward to learning a bit more about you and your unique journey.
For more information on this topic, please check out these blogs:
- A National Coming Out Day Story: My Journey of Becoming
- Transgender Day of Remembrance: It’s Time We Do Something
- National Coming Out Day: A Story from One of Our Own