Words Matter!

An illustration of various coloured hands raised as a representation of inclusivity

“Attention boys and girls!” “Can I get you ladies something?” “I haven’t met him.”

Everyday language is often gendered without us realizing it. By shifting towards inclusive language, we can create a more supportive environment that respects the gender identities of all people.

It’s important to be mindful of your assumptions and consider gender-neutral ways of communicating the same phrases when you are talking about people or things.

Things to keep in mind to practice inclusive language:

  • Inclusive language is used to include people of ALL genders and sexual orientations.
  • Don’t assume someone’s gender identity by the way they look.
  • Use gender-neutral language when addressing a general audience or people you don’t know.
  • Recognizing an individual’s identity using the right language demonstrates support and respect.
  • It is okay to make mistakes! Learn from them and aim to do better next time.

Pride Season in Canada (June to September) marks the events that take place to recognize the resilience and celebrate the talent and contributions of 2SLGBTQI+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Plus) communities. Pride Season is also a good time to recognize the importance of using inclusive language to create supportive and welcoming environments for all.

Practice using inclusive language:



“Attention boys and girls!”

“Attention everyone!”

“Can I get you ladies something?”

“Can I get you all something?”

“I haven’t met him.”

“I haven’t met them.”

Learn more about Inclusive and Affirming Language Tips from Egale Canada


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