They wrote: “My 73-year-old aunt wrote a poem about my pronouns in her church writing group and it’s the sweetest thing,” before sharing the wonderful creation with the public.
The poem, titled “They,” read: “This person I know / Wants to be called they. / It could bring us much closer / To see them that way.
“It’s a strange thing to think / And harder to say, / But they are so happy / When the effort is made.
“For all the theys and thems / It is this that I pray, / We be kind and accepting / And just let them be they.”
Amen to that.
The post has attracted more than 125,000 retweets and likes.
A 2018 survey found that only one in five people would be okay with using the pronoun “they” when talking to another person.
Non-binary activists have a friend in Brendon Urie though, with the frontman of emo pop band Panic! At The Disco making his support clear in a tweet in April.
And it’s not a new phenomenon. Merriam-Webster’s unabridged dictionary of 1934 featured the gender-neutral pronoun “thon” – short for “that one” – and continued to include the word until 1961.
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