Knowing us beyond pronouns and bathrooms
Third Breakout Room:
Pick one photograph to sit with.
Intentionally practice using the person's pronouns.
Take turns going back and forth, one sentence at a time. The sentences can be related, or not. There's no one right way to do this, but the point is to practice using pronouns.
Person A: Xe came over to my house.
Person B: I bought xem flowers.
Person A: Xe loves the flowers.
Person B: Xir couch is very comfortable.
.......and so on.
These sentences can be stories about this person, the clothes they are wearing, the activities they are doing, the items they own ("their purse" for example). Make up stories about the activities they enjoy, their family and friends, their work, etc.
Notice when you stumble. Meet yourself where you're at, and over time, try to reduce the stumbling and say the pronouns as casually as you would use "he" or "she" for a cisgender person in a sentence.
Each take 2 minutes to debrief.
How is your body feeling?
What are you proud about?
What could you use more practice with?
Choose 1 other photograph with different pronouns, and repeat.
Need help? See below for examples, including pronunciation.
She went to the store after she got herself ready. She left her wallet at home but I called her. She came home and told me it wasn't hers.
They went to the store after they got themself ready. They left their wallet at home but I called them. They came home and told me it wasn't theirs.
Sie went to the store after sie got hirself ready. Sie left hir wallet at home but I called hir. Sie came home and told me it wasn't hirs.
He went to the store after he got himself ready. He left his wallet at home but I called him. He came home and told me it wasn't his.
Xe went to the store after xe got xirself ready. Xe left xir wallet at home but I called xem. Xe came home and told me it wasn't xirs.
Ze went to the store after ze got zirself ready. Ze left zir wallet at home but I called zir. Ze came home and told me it wasn't zirs.