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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  2,776 ratings  ·  738 reviews
Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They al ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Limerence Press
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Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cecily by: PattyMacDotComma
It will take you fifteen minutes to read this little comic book. It will probably take you almost as long to read this review!

The book is written and illustrated by Archie (non-binary, who uses they/them pronouns) and Tristan (cis male, who uses he/him). It's a quick, light-hearted, and practical guide to how to use they/them pronouns for those non-binary people who like to be addressed that way (not all do). For example:
"Chris put on their jeans and then they went to the supermarket."

Image: Que
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: non-binary people, educators, community leaders
3.5★ Edited to recommend people read Yzabel's and Cecily's comments below for suggestions.

“He/She went to the store. = They went to the store.
It belongs to him/her. = It belongs to them.
He said so himself. = They said so themself/themselves.
She said so herself. = They said so themself/themselves.

This handy little graphic production can help us with language. At the moment it's a 5-star idea whose time has certainly come, but it's maybe a 3-star execution, so I'm splitting the difference.

May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

I picked this up from the Read Now shelf on netgalley hoping to find something informative that I could recommend others, and that's exactly what this was. I knew almost everything that was in this short comic, but I still learned some new stuff. Since English isn't my first language, I found the quick guides on how to use gender-neutral language pretty useful because s
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
A fun, easy introduction to they/them pronouns with some pretty awesome graphics to boot.

I'm no novice when it comes to trans issues, but I'll admit that I know much less about people who identify as genderqueer.

I knew a person who identified as genderqueer when I was in college, but has since adapted she/her pronouns, so my first-hand knowledge of someone who is genderfluid or genderqueer is extremely limited. However, I'm always up to learn and grow as a person in this crazy world we live in,
This is a great little guide for anyone with questions about people who use alternative pronouns like They/Them or Zir/Zim. This is about non-binary or gender non-comforming people. They don't feel like they are on either spectrum, but they are in the middle.

I spent a few summers working at Camp Aranu'tiq where there were several non-binary people. It was an awesome summer working with kids. I have to say, I had a hard time with this and mis-pronouned often. I got very mad at myself for having s
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got an ARC copy of this book.

Gender is my thing. Sexuality is my thing too. They both hold a very dear place in my heart. As soon as I saw the name of this book I pounced. There was no way I was passing up on this book. The cover was cutesy and it was something I might want to take lessons from for the class I teach. 

The book talks about pronouns. There is some technical talk, which one of the characters is really bored through. Then they start to break it down into real people talk. There is
edit 18.06.15: I thought more about this book and realised that maybe 5 stars is too high, so I'm changing my review to 4. I still think it's a good start to learn about nonbinary pronouns for someone who doesn't know anything, though, and I think that's kind of the aim of it.

I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

(Note: I am a nonbinary person who uses she/her and e/em pronouns.)

This was truly a quick, easy and useful read, just as the title promises. "A Quick
Tyler J Gray
Exactly what the title suggests. A quick and easy guide to they/them pronouns, which are increasingly being used (though have been used for literally centuries). I'm non-binary and, having just came out this year, am still getting used to they/them pronouns for myself and it even mentions misgendering yourself. Which I have done. It's awkward. But it's normal. I mean i've used she/her pronouns for 30 years, of course it takes getting used to.

I then gave it to my cis male husband who has been won
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley

This is very simple beginner's guide to they/them pronouns. I've already known pretty much all of those information but the thing is it took me a lot of TIME to learn that and while I do not think that time was wasted I wish I had a guide like this one back when I first learned that there are more than two genders. Coming from a conservative family, those concepts were completely new to me and I didn't know where to start - this book is a good st
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a free copy of this book.

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Brief, concise and relevant. This book is so important, especially for those who are just finding out about gender-neutral pronouns. The authors tried to keep it simple and quick to read, and they succeeded. I loved the dynamics between the two narrators. It is funny and light-hearted but doesn't neglect the weight nor the significance of the topic at any time. Everyone should read this.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick and easy guide to they/them pronouns, just like it says. It doesn't really get into the weeds of gender identity and why some folks might identify as non-binary, which I think is actually great - just respect people's pronouns. They don't need to give anyone a reason for preferring "they/them." ...more
Vicky Again
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Everyone needs to read this.

This tiny, 64 page book is not only so important to not being a rude and immoral person, but it's also got cute illustrations & is funny. I do wish it talked more about gender neutral pronouns besides they/them, but this is a really good introduction to the topic.

It's such a great guide for both introducing people to they/them pronouns or revisiting the topic on in a way that makes it fun and just a sweet, perfectly-timed-for-pride-month sort of read.

I thin
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This is a very short book in the shape of a graphic novel/comics, so there’s no excuse not to read it. ;)

While I’m not particularly vocal about it when I write book reviews, and while the name I use is ‘feminine’, I don’t identify as a woman—my sex is female, but my gender is non-binary (more specifically, agender). So, it’s always mildly annoying at best when people keep referring to me as ‘she’. Sometimes they just don’t know, and of course, i
Nostalgia Reader
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction to gender neutral pronouns--how to use them, how to correct a mistake in using the wrong ones, and how to adapt your language to be more inclusive. By changing a few simple words to a few other simple words, you can not only make your language more inclusive, but also make sure you don't offend anyone by misgendering them. Jimerson introduced neutral language into his business and much of the advice could definitely be used in a training session at a business or any oth ...more
Sam E
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bought two copies of this (one for me and one for my parents) and am so glad I did! As someone who uses they/them pronouns, this zine feels like a godsend to be able to give to people in my life. I found it to be funny, super helpful, and relatable. Thanks so much for making this!!!!!
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great little intro guide to using they/them pronouns! It’s targeted toward both people who use they/them pronouns as well as their friends/family/coworkers/acquaintances/etc.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quick little book that is pretty much what it says on the tin. For those of you who have never heard of they/them pronouns, this is a quick and easy way to learn about it. For those of you who know about the use of these pronouns, and have used them the right way, you are free to skip this lesson. But for those of you know who not only don't know, but don't know why they should know, this is a great book to start with.

The book is co-written by a Cis man, and a transgender gender fluid
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for The Bibliophibian.

Received to review via Netgalley

A lot of people now use gender-neutral pronouns, and singular ‘they’ is one of the more universal and (to my mind) easy to adjust to choices. Not that I object to zie/hir on principle (though some people do because those pronouns sound like gendered pronouns in their own language; this is not a personal bother of mine, but I keep it in mind), but ‘they’ is already something we know how to use, and they doesn’t always have to mean plu
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Plenty of people are going to talk about the relevance of this book as it pertains to intersex, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, and trans individuals, so I'm going to take a different approach and argue that this book is a fantastic demonstration of the relevance and vital quality of the medium of comics.

Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson do an incredible job of using comics to explain memory, emotion, identity, and the complexities of human interaction in a simple little book, that
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
"A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns" is one of those reads that may be complementary for anybody who wants to learn more about how to be a part of today's society. In this book authors try to explain the gender neutral pronouns to the simple-minded folks (like myself) who aim to educate themselves in this field. With very cool illustration and easy to understand language it presents tips and trick for newbies and people who want to improve their knowledge.

The simplicity of the artwork h
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: e v e r y o n e
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a free advanced copy of this book!

This was a short and witty comic guide that's a great place to start for anyone who doesn't know much about non binary gender identities. It explains everything very simply and with a light sense of humour. But it's also a good read for anyone who identifies outside of the binary, who is questioning, or who just wants to learn more and help build a more inclusive and safer world. Basically, it's for everyone and everyone should
Paul Decker
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book as an eARC from Oni Press and Limerence Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely love that this is a comic! It's a comic that is made to educate and inform people on gender neutral pronouns, specifically they/them. The format is conversational with a few nice diagrams. This comic covers so many great topics including pronouns in general, misgendering, and gender neutral pronouns. It's told in a fun, and sometimes sarcastic way. The emphasis is on bu
True Loveislovereview
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
It’s our responsibility as a decent human being to learn and use whatever pronouns they ask us to.
A quick educating guide with nice graphic how to use pronouns.
Elaine White
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book – A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
Author – Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 64
Cover – Bright, Fun, Cute
Genre – LGBT, Non-Fiction, Informative, YA friendly


This is a really cute, fun book that explains and explores the various uses of They/Them and gender neutral pronouns. It's told in comic form, and tells you from the outset that it's made for all ages, for all abilities, and to be an informative assistanc
Quick, funny, insightful and educative.

I consider myself to be a fairly open-minded person when it comes to gender issues but I'll be the first to admit that the gender neutral/gender fluid/non-binary end of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum leaves me fuzzy as hell. This book went a long way to clear some of the fuzz on my brain.

It was sharp , to the point, had great visuals (it is a graphic/comic novel) and managed to convey important information to the reader. It also made very poignant statements that he
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-cis-authors
This comic guide with a goofy, gently sarcastic sense of humor is all about gender neutral pronouns - how being misgendered feels, why pronouns matter, grammar, and examples of how to use these pronouns in real life.

I was so glad the authors encouraged people to try to make their everyday language more inclusive by dropping words like ma'am, sir, guys, ladies, etc. and defaulting to "person" instead of assuming "man" or "woman" when speaking about someone you don't know.

I wish the authors had ad
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018-release
This was such a fun little graphic novel that every reader should take a look at! Seriously, I read through the book in a solid 20 minutes and think it would be beneficial to give to friends and families and strangers. It’s educational, short, sweet, and to the point. Plus, the drawings are absolutely adorable and keep the content stimulating!

I also appreciated the authors’ mentioning why they wanted to add the perspective of a cisgendered man (the other author is a non-binary artist) to a guide
MissBecka Gee
Thank you NetGalley & Oni Press for the early release copy.
This was a short, informative and easy read.
I wasn't familiar with Ze and Hir prior to this and it's always exciting to learn new EVERYTHING!!!!

From the description I envisioned a graphic novel with a storyline that introduces and educates through the characters experiences.
This book kinda does that though the delivery is a bit more dry than I expected.
Archie & Tristan do break down the pronouns and how to start inserting them into ever
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best way for people to learn about they/them pronouns. This book is not just a guide but is a collection of every little thing that people should be learning but can never find the best resource to. The writing is easy to read and comprehend, making the entire process of 'learning' easier. The cute art is like an icing to the cake. I even love the tinge of humour that some scenes had. Not only was there a breakdown of all things that one needs to understand about genderqueer but als ...more
Xan West
This is a non-fiction comics guide to using they/them pronouns written by a cis man and a non-binary person. I have mixed feelings about this book which can basically be summed up as: it’s kinda okay, I guess, but has some problems and may be helpful to some people.

Read my full review on my blog.

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