Greetings unto the Sylvan Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Illadore de Bedegrayne and Amalie Reinhardt!
Margerite Eisenwald, Hilda Hugelmann, Odriana vander Brugghe, Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd, Owen Tegg, and the two us us came together for a discussion in response to a conversation being held by many of our friends in Æthelmearc.
A few gender neutral titles were approved by our Society earlier this calendar year. To follow suit, and to help with inclusion in our Kingdom, we have updated the Gender field on the Award Nomination Form to Gender/Pronouns. This field has always been an optional, free-fill text box.
If you know that a gentle you recommend is desiring of specific pronouns on their scroll, please enter the appropriate pronouns in this field. I don’t know is always an acceptable answer.
Here are a few FAQs to assist you, should they be needed:
Q: Do I need to fill out this field on the form?
A: No, entering information into the Gender/Pronouns field is 100% optional.
Q: Do pronouns entered into the Gender/Pronouns field need to be gender neutral?
A: No, pronouns entered into the form need not be gender neutral.
Q: Where would I find a list of pronouns that could be used?
A: There is a good list contained within this article: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/gender-neutral-pronouns
Q: Why is it necessary to have Pronouns added to the Gender field on the Award Nomination Form?
A: There are 2 reasons for the addition of Pronouns on our Award Nomination Form. The first is to be respectful of people with the pronouns they use. The second is to help our Royalty and scribes be aware as well, for Court and scroll creation.
As a reminder, the Award Nomination Form is located at http://aethelmearc.org/award-recommendation-form/. Please send in any award nominations to the Crown!
Illadore de Bedegrayne and Amalie Reinhardt
Æ Deputy Seneschal and Webminister