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During Pride Month, we introduced pronoun pins as a way to show our commitment to provide a more inclusive environment that respects gender identity. Wearing a pronoun pin helps people to know which pronoun you use. It also helps others to be comfortable sharing what pronouns they use. Dr. Nadia Primiani, Emergency Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital and Mary Modeste, Director, Organizational Development, Diversity and Wellness shared their reflections on pronoun pins.

“We decided to make the pins available for everyone at Sinai Health to help make our hospitals more inclusive for everyone. By introducing the pins, we hope that our people will feel comfortable asking everyone about personal pronouns, while inviting an opportunity for education for those who may be less familiar with gender diversity.

We have already heard positive feedback about these pins and how meaningful this is for our people, patients and families. As Pride Month winds down, these pronoun pins will continue to have an impact year-round. We also encourage everyone to continue to normalize sharing pronouns by including your pronouns in introductions and email signatures. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to pick up a pronoun pin, look for the tables on the main floor lobby areas at Bridgepoint and Mount Sinai.”
Submitted by: Mary Modeste: Director, Organizational Development, Diversity and Wellness, Sinai Health

“The pronoun pin idea came to me as I started the discussion with my colleagues to ask our patients for their pronouns when they met. I felt that if the team wore their pronouns, it would remind them to ask the same from our patients. It also allowed my colleagues to consider their own gender and the deeply rooted cisnormativity of our society.”
Submitted by: Dr. Nadia Primiani, Emergency Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital

Two people wearing masks and standing facing the camera. They are holding their arms out toward the camera showing pins that have pronouns on them. One pin has she/her another has he/him another has they/them and the fourth one is blank for pronouns to be written in