FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2016
Contact: Danielle Filson |646-335-0443| firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY -- GMHC launched a preferred gender pronoun social media campaign during National Transgender Week of Remembrance and Resilience (TWOR), which is November 14 to November 20. The campaign consists of graphics created by and featuring GMHC staff members explaining why being cognizant of an individual’s preferred gender pronouns is important to them and how it helps to make GMHC a safe space. The initiative is part of a larger, ongoing campaign to make GMHC not only a safe place, but also a good place for people of Trans experience and people who are gender non-conforming.
With preferred Gender Pronouns (PGPs), people can request that others refer to them with traditional pronouns (he, him, his or she, her, hers), the plural pronoun “they,” or other options such as ze, hir, or hirs. In conjunction with the campaign, the entire GMHC staff was trained last week on incorporating preferred gender pronouns in their work at the agency The training was led by GMHC’s Translatina Assistant Director of Policy, Cecilia Gentili.
“As a Translatina, one of the lifelong challenges I’ve faced is finding employers, organizations, and communities that respect my identity,” said GMHC Assistant Director of Policy Cecilia Gentili. “I’m proud to work in a place that demonstrates a commitment to empathy and equality for Trans people every day, including in the workplace.”
GMHC has recently adopted a preferred pronoun signature policy, where employees can include their gender pronouns in their email signature and on staff ID cards.
CEO Kelsey Louie’s signature, for example, reads:
Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Pronouns: he, him, his
“It is essential that GMHC’s internal operations reflect our values,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “Preferred gender pronouns play an important role in creating a safe space that is accessible to all of our clients, staff and visitors. We hope that our use of preferred gender pronouns will encourage other institutions to take similar steps.”
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Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV and AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 10,000 people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic in the U.S. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV and AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.