They/Them Pronouns; Are They Valid?

Abigail Sciannella, Staff Writer

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There’s a lot of discourse being flung around about they/them pronouns, both in high school and in the outside world. People wonder about how to handle these when they talk to their kids, whether to use they/them for a singular person, and how one even knows if they are  non-binary.

In all of this, perhaps the biggest confusion is whether  this a valid identification for the younger generations.
Trans people have made themselves known for a few decades now, but non-binary people have only just started to identify. However, this is met with just as much backlash, if not more, than those who simply identify as trans.

Non-binary, for those who may be unaware, is an identity that is neither specifically male nor female; it’s both, or somewhere in between, or neither. Non-binary means something different to every person who identifies as such.

Now, back to the main topic; pronouns. Plenty of people say they/them pronouns are invalid, grammatically incorrect, or that they just don’t make sense. This is all false. Many dictionaries, such as the Oxford dictionary, have added they/them pronouns in singular use, proving that it’s grammatically correct. More and more young adults and teens have started using these pronouns as a way to make their identities heard.

Overall, they/them pronouns are entirely valid, and those that use them are just as deserving of respect as any other teen or young adult.

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They/Them Pronouns; Are They Valid?