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LinkedIn Gender pronouns

You might have already noticed that some users on LinkedIn are using the new, optional gender pronouns field at the top of the Profile which will be displayed next to your name, but you might have been wondering how they do it or perhaps why?

Simply put, gender pronouns are the words we use to refer to people. You’re probably familiar with the pronouns “he” and “she” and whilst these terms fit people not everyone identifies with them.

Some people prefer to use alternatives such as “they” as their gender pronoun, and others are creating their own words as they explore their identities.

By being mindful of pronouns in everyday life LinkedIn is trying to create an inclusive culture for all be they lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and adults alike.

This is currently being rolled out across LinkedIn globally and, whilst I don’t have this within the UK and you might not have this option yet, once it’s available, you can select how you wish to express your identity and be seen, for example she/her, he/him, they/them etc.

We also understand that you will have the ability to add your own custom pronouns via a free form field, and users will have the option to share it with all LinkedIn members or limit the visibility to first-degree connections.

LinkedIn has always been very culturally aware within itself and its users and we think this a good step to help everyone identify better and be more comfortable being themselves within LinkedIn which is a really good way to make it work better for you in our experience.

11 May 2021