Pronoun Guide

Best Practices and information about inclusive pronoun use

This effort is possible through a partnership between the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and the Office of Integrity & Compliance. This effort is part of a larger educational campaign managed by the Office of Diversity and Equity to create more gender inclusivity and awareness at the University of Kansas.




Dr. Katie Batza, Associate Professor in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at KU, created this pamphlet and drew from texts by Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law, The LGBT Campus Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Augsburg College, and the English Language Center at Vanderbilt University as well as these publications:

Brielle Harbin, “Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary in the University Classroom,” Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 2016.

The Vanderbilt English Language Center, “Pronoun Guide,” Vanderbilt University 2018.

“Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Transgender Students,” Augsburg College.

Oxford English Dictionary, “A Brief History of Singular They,”, published September 4, 2018.

Merrill Perlman, “Stylebooks Finally Embrace the Single ‘They’,” Columbia Journalism Review,, published March 27, 2017.

Chelsea Lee, “The Use of Singular “They” in APA Style,”, published November 16, 2015.