Laura Russell, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Stonewall said: ‘It’s great to see Merriam-Webster has officially recognised ‘they’ as a singular, non-binary pronoun. The dictionary also rightly highlighted the long history ‘they’ has in being used as a singular pronoun since the late 1300s. Having and understanding inclusive language that recognise different identities is really important.
‘Addressing trans people with their correct pronouns and respecting someone’s pronouns is crucial. This is particularly vital for non-binary people as they are not recognised under the current Gender Recognition Act. Now more than ever, we need to work toward building a world where LGBT people are truly accepted, everywhere and by everyone.’