NBJC is excited to announce the latest installment in our ongoing collaboration with Cartoon Network: this comic strip highlighting the power and importance of respecting gender identity through the use of gender pronouns.
The comic was designed by members of the NBJC Youth and Young Adult Action Council (YYAAC) with artist Steven Lowe (@steeeeevn), and a team of talented creators from Cartoon Network Studios (and me!).
With Roughly 150,000 teenagers identifying as transgender in the United States, and an as-yet-uncounted number of children (even as young as three years old) identifying as transgender or gender nonconforming, it is so important to create materials that both help them see and value themselves and help society embrace them fully. It is especially important for those materials to reflect intersectionality and diversity.
The number of self-identifying transgender people grows each year, suggesting that the more accepting society becomes, the easier it is for people to be their whole selves unapologetically. In light of this trend, this new comic strip is timely and important in its ability to increase awareness about pronouns and how to use them.
Please consider amplifying this important resource. Here’s sample language for a Tweet/Instagram Post:
Here’s sample language for a Facebook Post:
Our hope is that this comic strip will inspire people, whether in classrooms or broader communities, to volunteer their gender pronouns, respect those of others, and normalize awareness about people across the gender universe – @DrKiaDH. @CartoonNetwork x @NBJCOnTheMove #YYAAC #WordsMatter #PronounsMatter #LetsGetFree
We are proud of what we have accomplished and are excited for young people to see themselves reflected in this work. You can read the full release HERE.
Yours in hope, healing, and solidarity,