Surrounded by colors, music, booths, and crowds of diverse people, Pride is one of the most thrilling times of year while also overwhelming. The first time I was ever around more than three LGBT people was at a Pride, and all I can remember was my complete awe that I was not alone. This excitement sparked a desire to meet everyone I could.
Whether it is your first Pride or your tenth Pride, for this year’s #MOPride, I ask you to invoke that same excitement I had, and meet as many people as you can. Our LGBT community in Missouri is vastly diverse and infinitely talented. In our diversity, it’s important to keep in mind our different identities and the importance of pronouns.
We all use pronouns in our everyday lives. Some of us regularly introduce ourselves with pronouns and other people do not. However, using our pronouns when meeting new people is the best way for us to know and respect each other’s identities. If we have met before, you may know I introduce myself as, “Karis Agnew, and my pronouns are they, them, and theirs.” When meeting people at Pride, it is always best to say your name followed by your preferred pronouns, whether your pronouns are she, he, or they.
By introducing yourself with your pronouns, regardless of your identity, you show the other person that not only do you understand the diversity of our community, but you also wish to respect that person by using their correct pronouns.
I look forward to meeting you all in Pulaski County, Joplin, and Springfield. Stop by our PROMO booths to say hello, and learn about the amazing work we are doing here is Missouri.
My name is Karis Agnew and my pronouns are they, them, and theirs.
What are your name and pronouns?
***Check out this guide on pronouns to further assist you.