Sexuality Education

SIECUS endorses first-ever International Pronouns Day

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2018

Contact: Zach Eisenstein
Phone: (202) 265-2405 ext 3330

(Washington, DC) — The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) is proud to endorse the inaugural observance of International Pronouns Day on October 17, 2018.

International Pronouns Day aims to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace and maintains that referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity.

“We are thrilled to join over 250 groups across the globe in establishing this annual observance to say, ‘whatever pronouns you use, you deserve to have them honored by all people and in all parts of your life,’” said Kristine Kippins, SIECUS Board Chair.

What started with conversations about creating more welcoming environments for students in American colleges has evolved into an international celebration of acceptance–supported by organizations, universities, and individuals in over a dozen countries.

“By taking the small steps needed to learn the pronouns people identify with, we can make a huge impact in affirming their dignity and self-worth–especially for transgender and gender nonconforming youth,” Kippins said.

On October 17, supporting groups will be participating in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: hosting panel discussions, organizing in-person awareness activities, screening documentaries, and engaging online using the hashtag #PronounsDay.

For more information on observing International Pronouns Day, visit


The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) has served as the national voice for sex education, sexual health, and sexual rights for over 50 years. SIECUS asserts that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice inclusive of sexual and reproductive rights.