Pronouns like he, she, and they are essential in how we identify and express ourselves.

Some people may wonder why such a big deal is made about pronouns.

Some cisgender people may never have to think about their pronouns. But many people whose gender doesn’t align with their sex assigned at birth face being misgendered daily.

The importance of using pronouns is the subject of an upcoming discussion. The social justice and equity community conversation "My Pronouns Are…" will explore how gender and gender identity impact social justice and equity in the LGBT communities.

The discussion is on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. It takes place at the L.A. LEE YMCA/Mizell Community Center in the Victory Black Box Theater. The address is 1409 NW Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

The conversation is made possible with a grant from Our Fund Foundation and the Community Foundation of Broward. It is presented by the Ujima Men’s Collective BROTHAS Project.

“I feel the use of pronouns is so misunderstood because we have been taught a binary existence and experience,” said Lorenzo Robertson, executive director of Ujima Mn’s Collective. "We now live in an environment where many people are understanding they do not have to ascribe to the binary paradigm of the past. We have the options and opportunities to discover and explore other ways to express who we are as a person regardless of their gender.”

Misgendering someone or calling them by the wrong name can be seen as disrespectful, harmful, and even threatening to a gender-diverse person. Misgendering results in marginalization and communicates that a person’s identity is irrelevant or unimportant.