Why are pronouns important?
The pronouns you use for someone make a reference to their gender, so mistaking their pronouns mistakes their gender. Therefore, it’s important to respect pronouns as it validates a person's identity. Misgendering a trans person is especially damaging as it can make their identity feel disrespected and invisible.
What to do if you misgender someone:
If you mess up someone’s pronouns, don’t beat yourself up about it, but it is important to know that it is ALWAYS best to correct yourself, even if you think no one heard you. By correcting yourself, you show that you are both trying your best and are conscious of their identity.