Ze And Zir? Goldman Sachs Encourages Gender-Neutral Pronouns

  • Goldman Sachs is distributing a pamphlet to employees that was drafted by the investment bank’s internal LGBT group and encourages staff to use recently developed gender-neutral pronouns, including “Ze” and “Zir.”
  • The employee guide, distributed by the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender network, directs employees to “proactively share [their] pronouns to foster an environment of respect and awareness.”
  • The hand out provides examples of “the most common” gender-neutral pronouns but leaves open the possibility that some employees may ask to be referred to by pronouns that are not included on the list or may ask that their coworkers refrain from referring to them using pronouns entirely.
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