Following a recent National Operations Committee decision, pronoun pins can now be worn on the uniform for all youth and adult members in all Branches. A selection of three pronoun badges are available from the Scout Shop (she/her, he/him and they/them) – more options may be available in the future if there is sufficient demand.
Using a person’s correct pronouns is a fundamental part of respecting their gender identity. Pronoun pins are a non-verbal way to let your Scouting colleagues know your pronouns without others having to ask. This is designed to help provide an inclusive environment for gender diverse or transgender members and can also be worn by anyone wanting to show they are an ally to this community.
The pins can be removed and changed as needed so members can control when and how their pronouns are shared.
A few quick tips on using pronoun badges in your Unit:
- Respect others pronouns – if you see someone wearing a pronoun pin or are aware that they use particular pronouns then use those pronouns when referring to them.
- Follow their lead – you might find that some people prefer to use different pronouns in different situations. If someone wears a pronoun pin sometimes but not others check in with them on how they would prefer to be referred to when they are not wearing the pin.
- Don’t sweat accidental errors – it can take time and practice to transition to using a new set of pronouns with someone you’ve known for some time. If you make a mistake, just correct yourself and move on. The pronoun pin can be a great visual reminder.
- Call out and address bullying – deliberately using someone’s incorrect pronouns is a form of discrimination and bullying and will not be tolerated in Scouting. Help to create a culture of inclusion by calling out and addressing any incidents of teasing, bullying or abuse related to someone’s gender or pronouns.
- Keep it voluntary – choosing to display or share your pronouns is a personal decision and there should be no pressure on members to opt in if its not something they are comfortable with.
- Start a conversation – if, as a leader, a youth member in your Unit starts wearing a pronoun pin that suggests they are gender diverse, discreetly have a conversation with them about whether there are other things you can be doing as a Unit to support them to affirm their gender identity. Our guidance “Supporting Gender Diverse Members in Scouting” can help with this conversation.