25 Gender Inclusive Ways to Say “Hey Guys”

One of my goals for this year is to stop using gender specific pronouns in group settings. I’m still working on it. It’s challenging, but whatever weak minded excuse you can put here to pardon our comfortable ignorance simply isn’t a good enough reason to ignore people’s identities. Plus for me personally, there’s like this weird voice that comes naturally when I start filming content that makes the phrase “hey guys” sound worse than it already does. No bueno.

As we celebrate PRIDE MONTH and the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, It’s my responsibility to encourage active alley and creating inclusive environments, especially in this little corner of the internet. So I took the liberty of making this handy little list of alternative and inclusive pronouns in hopes we can all continue to grow and be the best advocates for EVERYONE (see what I did there), not only during PRIDE, but each and every day.

*Friendly reminder: These are strictly for group settings. When interacting on a personal level, I encourage you to seek out the individuals name and preferred pronoun and address the person as such.

Everybody / Everyone

Folks / Folx

Yall / You all / We all

All Yall / All of you / Each of you

We all

People

Humans

Members

Humankind

Yinz (if you’re in/from Pittsburgh)

‘N them (followers n them)

Any appropriate adjective with the word people (Party people, Beautiful people, Good people)

Friends

Darlings

Crew

Chums

Congregation

Allies

Beings that aren’t defined by social constructs like pronouns—haha!

Food names (Pumpkins, Muffins, Cupcakes, etc.)

Beloved

Peeps

Comrades

Squad

Team

So now that we have a starter list of alternative and inclusive group pronouns, let’s put them to practice! Look for opportunities to use these words and build a habit of inclusive language. Like I said before, no excuses!

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