Navigate Using Gender and Sexuality Terms at Work

4 min

Gender and sexual orientation terms aren’t just important to know;

you can use them.

A few situations where you can

adjust your vocabulary:

1. When referring to groups

Challenge yourself to substitute familiar binary phrases like “ladies and gentlemen” for more inclusive variants, like “you all,” “folks,” or, simply “people.”

2. When referring to relationships

Here’s a quick win for inclusivity: when you talk about any relationship, try using neutral terms like “partner” or “significant other.” You’ll avoid voicing incorrect assumptions altogether.

3. If you always fall back on saying "LGBTQ"

In cases when you do know specifics, ask yourself if you can choose more precise language than an acronym. If you mean “lesbian,” say “lesbian”. It’s an identity and shouldn’t be taboo.

With just a few small adjustments,

you can start speaking more inclusively.

Quiz 1 of 1

In meetings, Abdul has a habit of always saying "you guys." To be as inclusive as possible, what should he say instead?

"Guys and gals"
"All of you guys"
"Ladies and gentlemen"

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