Pronouns Easy Read

Pronouns and their meanings

A badge which tells you the pronoun to use for the person wearing it. This badge says Hello, my pronouns are: she / her / hers

What is a pronoun?

A pronoun is a word that means the people who are talking (like 'I' or 'you').

It is also a word for someone or something that is being talked about (like 'she', 'it', 'them', and 'this').

A mans shoe next to a woman's shoe. Over the top is a gender sign for male, female and trans

Gender pronouns are words that mean the people you are talking about like he, she, and they.

A group of people are talking about pronouns used for trans people (he/her) and non-binary people (they)

We use pronouns to help us talk about gender like when we talk about trans and non-binary people.

A picture of a man feeling he is a woman above another picture of a woman feeling she is a man

Trans is a word that means people whose gender is not the same as, or does not feel like, the sex they were given at birth.

The non-binary flag sits behind silhouettes of a man and a woman which have a red cross over them

A Non-binary person is someone who does not feel their gender is a man or a woman.

Non-binary people like to use the gender pronouns 'they' and 'them' to describe their gender.

A Mencap email showing a staff signature with she/her pronouns

At Mencap we use pronouns in our email signatures so people do not get someone's gender wrong when they talk or write to them.


Four people with learning disabilities in front of the LGBQT+ flag

Using pronouns is an important part of being an LGBTQ+ ally.

An LGBTQ+ ally is someone who supports equal rights , gender equality and LGBTQ+ social groups and communities.