A police department in the United Kingdom posted videos to social media celebrating International Pronouns Day.
At a time when the UK’s crime rates are soaring all across the board in major cities, there are more pressing matters at hand–International Pronouns Day.
International Pronouns Day has become a thing.
It will take place on the 16th of October, beginning with today.
Happy International #PronounsDay!
👉 You can't guess someone's pronouns based upon their appearance! pic.twitter.com/z5soiizGzU
— National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) October 16, 2019
Some social media users criticized the day due to the loose assignation of days/weeks/months to a multitude of social justice causes.
In a video tweeted out by DCC Julie Cooke of Cheshire Police, Cooke explains the importance of International Pronouns Day.
— Julie Cooke (@DCCJulieCooke) October 16, 2019
Cooke tweets, “Today marks #pronounsday – seeking to make sharing, educating and respecting personal pronouns commonplace.”
In the video, Cooke talks about the importance pronouns have on transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
Cooke says, “being misgendered could have a huge impact on somebody and their personal well-being.
“It also can be used as a form of abuse for somebody–and that just isn’t right.
“Today is about raising awareness, getting people to have conversations, and understanding why it is so important to understand the pronouns that somebody wishes to be used for them.”
The tweet was ratioed, a practice where users ensure the replies outnumber likes and retweets, by social media users expressing their mockery at the communication.
I self identify as Michael Jackson and my pronouns are He/Hee
— RIKI (@riki_rikidance) October 16, 2019
Some social medias sarcastically brought up what they viewed to be a misuse of public resources.
I’m glad all the actual crimes have been solved and offending rates are at zero. Otherwise I’d be thinking this is a total waste of time, energy and (our) money.
— MoltoVinos (@MoltoVinos) October 16, 2019
Yesterday, it was revealed that anti-gay and anti-trans hate crimes could carry a 6-month sentence if the accused is convicted.
There is a level of subjectivity involved with prosecuting so-called hate crimes as who’s to determine what qualifies as hate?
Earlier this year, in the UK, a mother was arrested by police for misgendering a transgender person on social media.