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The Importance of Inclusive Language

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Pride Month offers a valuable opportunity to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. One very important consideration is language and its relation to SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression). Language is a powerful tool that helps create more inclusive spaces. 

If you are working with a young person who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, consider asking, “How would you like me to show up for you?” It's okay to not always know the best way to support someone; the best approach is to ask. Make sure to ask what pronouns they prefer and be mindful of your assumptions—language matters! 

Stay Inspired

Interested in learning more about SOGIE or how to be more inclusive with language? Check out our May 2024 LENS Meeting Recap! Explore the slides focused on SOGIE and Transition Age Youth or review our one-pager featuring a pronoun chart.