Please call me ‘they’

A leading dictionary has named “they” as its word of the year. Why is it important to use “they/them” when referring to non-binary people? Students explain in their own words.

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  1. Non-binary figures in the news this year include Sam Smith, Oslo Grace, Ayesha Tan Jones, Travis Alabanza and Glamrou. Explain in your own words which non-binary figure you think has been most influential this year and why.
  2. Make a list of runners-up for Merriam Webster’s “word of the year”. Why do you think these words were also popular in 2019?