It’s OK To Use “They” To Describe One Person: Here’s Why

It’s OK To Use “They” To Describe One Person: Here’s Why

Has someone ever asked you to refer to them as they instead of he or she? Or, are you hedging because you can’t possibly refer to one single person as they? What if we told you that they has been used to refer to just one person since at least the 1300s?

Lexicographers have determined that as far back as the 1300s, they has been used as a gender-neutral pronoun, a word that was substituted in place of either he (a masculine singular pronoun) or she (a feminine singular pronoun), e.g., Each student should get their supplies ready for class.Each student is singular, but we don’t know (or need to know) the gender/sex identity of each student in this situation, so their is perfectly handy. Even Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and other beloved writers of the English literary canon used singular they.

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Happy Pride Month!

🌈 Join PFLAG Annapolis/Anne Arundel County at the First Ever Annapolis Pride Parade & Festival June 29, 2019 🌈

Parade: 12:00 PM | Festival: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunities: If you would like volunteer to support any of the events leading to and including the first Annapolis Pride Parade and Festival on June 29, 2019, check out the list of volunteer opportunities at this link. You can score an Annapolis Pride T-Shirt for your efforts! Check back often for list updates and thank you in advance for your support!

Additional Details: Click here for the latest Parade & Festival details.

Chapter Support Meeting Durations Extended

Chapter Support Meeting Durations Extended

Starting May 7, 2019, by popular demand, the twice-monthly support meetings conducted by PFLAG Annapolis/Anne Arundel County will start one-half hour earlier–at 7:00 pm. Meetings still will end at 9:00 pm.
Chapter support meetings occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in Annapolis, Maryland. Check out the events calendar for details.
Support meetings are free and reservations are not necessary; however, donations are welcome.