This is a fairly short read so I thought I’d share a short review! I received this one from Oni Press and on their suggestion, I’m going to share this book with as many people as I can. Also, check out the bottom of this post for some links for more learning!
A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
Genre: LGBTQ Graphic Novel | Nonfiction
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 also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!
This is a really great intro to the importance of gender neutral pronouns, whether these are new-to-you concepts or you’re an old pro. It’s presented as a comic strip and a conversation between the two authors so it’s a super accessible form and makes for quick reading (as the title suggests).
Speaking from their own experiences of either using they/them pronouns or as an ally, the authors pose questions readers might have, offer suggestions for what to do if you slip up, and even have a handy chart at the back for a really concise summary. All with some fun humour and tongue-in-cheek jibes.
There were some things I hadn’t known or thought of before, like the panel below which one of the authors even admitted he was just learning as he wrote it. I especially liked the section that focused on encouraging the use of gender neutral language in workplaces, because while I have quite easily adopted they/them pronouns in my interactions with others, it’s another challenge to get everyone in the office on board.
The authors offer some extra resources at the back of the book so I wanted to share those here as well:
I also wanted to share this review I found as I was preparing my own because I really enjoyed it and Matt shared a lot of what I felt as I read through the guide!
This book is really easy to go through (and even easier to put into practice!) and it’s a great resource for any and all! Share it with your friends, family, coworkers, etc!!
About the Authors:
Archie Bongiovanni has been drawing comics for over a decade, which also means that they’re a part-time server. They’ve published monthly comics on Autostraddle, and have also drawn for The Nib and Everyday Feminism. They publish a lot of work from their own printer. They also teach comic courses to high schoolers at a local library, run a huge queer book club, and work at a feminist-owned sex shop. They will always eat the entire bag of Doritos in one sitting.
Tristan Jimerson has fumbled through a variety of careers and now runs a small restaurant. His work has been featured on The Moth, NPR, and zines that you find in the free bin at your local independent bookstore. He has the mind and body of a 30-year-old and the knees of a 55-year-old. He is tired almost all of the time.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.