What are Gender Pronouns?

What are pronouns?

Pronouns are words used to refer to a person and assume a person's gender. These gender associations are not always accurate.

Why are they important?

Using someone's correct pronouns is a way of showing respect and creates an inclusive environment. 

How can you ask for someone's pronouns?

The same say you ask someone's name is the same way you can ask someone for their pronouns. For example, "Hi, my name is Ana and my pronouns are they/them. What about you?

For more resources, check out our Gender Pronoun flyer (PDF).

LGBTQIA+ October History Month

LGBTQIA+ Historical Figures

Check out our collection of biographies on key LGBTQIA+ historical figures! You can see all of our posts on our Instagram @occstudentequity.

Audre Lorde LGBTQIA+ Activist (PDF)

Marsha P Johnson LGBTQIA+ Activist (PDF)

Crystal Jang LGBTQIA+ Activist (PDF)

Sylvia Rivera LGBTQIA+ Activist (PDF)

Jose J Sarria LGBTQIA+ Activist (PDF)


LGBTQIA+ History Timeline

LGBTQIA+ history has celebratory historical events as well as events that continue to negatively impact the LGBTQIA+ community. In this timeline, we only go back 30 years to focus on the history which has lifted the LGBTQIA+ community. 

1969 Stonewall Riots: Transgender and gender nonconforming people are among those who resisted arrest in a routine bar raid by police on June 28 on the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village, thus helping to ignite the modern LGBT rights movement.

1973 DSM-III Removal: As a result of this scientific research, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM-III in 1973.

1982 Wisconsin Civil Rights Bill: Wisconsin passes the first lesbian and gay civil rights bill in the United States. The law prohibits bias in housing, employment, and public, accommodations.

1988 National Coming Out Day: The first National Coming Out Day is observed on October 11th to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2nd National March on Washington.

2008 Same Sex Marriage: The California Supreme Court rules same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. California becomes the second state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriages later that year.

For more resources, check out our LGBTQIA+ History Timeline (PDF)


Online Resources 


OCC’s Educational Resources for LGBTQIA+ History 

OCC’s LGBTQIA+ Student Resources Page 

OCC’s SafeZone Ally Directory 

GLSEN’s LGBTQ History Resources 


The Stonewall You Know Is a Myth. And That’s O.K. | NYT Celebrating Pride  

Billy Porter Gives A Brief History of Queer Political Action | them. 

Stonewall Forever - A Documentary about the Past, Present and Future of Pride 

What Is Intersectionality? | Queer 101 | The Advocate