Many of my classmates either have androgynous names or use pronouns that others might not assume (they/them). For non-binary and transgender classmates, it's hard to know how to refer to them. In many cases, pronouns aren't on teachers or students minds', so students accidentally get misgendered. Having pronouns next to names (maybe optional) would be an easy quick-hand way of communicating the best way to refer to your peers.
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Preferred Pronouns: He, Him, His
Sybenie Hernandez (she/her/hers) commented
Would you please publicly communicate a timeline for your plans to include a field for pronouns in MS accounts, so that pronouns can be displayed with the user name? As you can see, many many users are requesting this functionality and it appears it has been over one year since the original request was submitted.
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Rebecca Gitlin (she/her) commented
We have many staff asking for this feature within our organization. The ability to include pronouns with someone's MS Teams display name is essential to promoting an inclusive workplace environment. The lack of movement on this is quite disappointing, to say the least.
A. J. Brock commented
Please please please push this feature forward. It is a key reason why we use zoom for meetings instead of Teams. It is that much of a deal breaker!
Lachlan Buckanen commented
Msft have added to this LinkedIn perfectly, please do the same with all areas of a tenant where a users display name is used - please!
Chris Robson commented
It's unbelievable that this functionality doesn't exist in 2021. Surely the update would be absolutely minimal, so why is this 'under review' for nearly a year! Update it. This is an important change that is needed.
John Gunawan commented
Also @jfederic, wanted to provide some guidance and call you in, as well - I notice that you wrote "Preferred Pronouns" in your response above -- there's been a lot of work that addresses calling out "preferred" pronouns as detrimental. It's not a preference, it's just someone's pronouns. It should just be labeled as "Pronouns". Thanks!
John Gunawan commented
Hi everyone, is there an update on this? It looks like it's "under review" but the last date I've seen regarding this status was Nov 2020 and it's almost been a year now.
With DE&I efforts at play, this would be a critical win to ensure organizations are able to create an inclusive workplace.
Kaley Hurst commented
It's no long optional to have pronouns be a part of the business setting. If this isn't included in the next update, you will find business leaving Teams as a platform so that they can use one that actually includes basic identifiers like pronouns.
Emma De Barros commented
WE NEED PRONOUNS in MS Teams and everywhere throughout MS!!! It's SO important. I get miss-gendered everyday and it would definitely help resolve this problem with pronouns feature.
John Flynn commented
I am hearing requests for this throughout my organization. MS is behind the curve here...we need pronouns. And I for one would love to stop hearing, "But you can do this in ZOOM..."
Jessamy Ferguson commented
Has there been an update on this? It is now well overdue! Zoom are doing it! Surely Teams can too!
This is now well overdue and a standard most forward-thinking organisations are adopting. Can you please progress this so we don't have to continue to find ineffective work-arounds so as not to alienate or hurt our colleagues and clients?
Jay Brewster commented
Agreed this should be made a priority.
Melanie Rimmer commented
This is an excellent idea as it normalises stating pronouns. I have had people assume I am trans because I state my pronouns. We all have pronouns - cis, trans, NB folks alike
Sarah Ratty Pipkin commented
Someone using the wrong pronoun once or twice may be annoying, or even a little amusing. Every day, in multiple forums, across social media....it gets to feel more like a personal attack. I'm not too concerned about my pronouns, though I'd choose 'they/them/Mx' given the option. I only get annoyed when the option isn't given. For others, this is much more hurtful. If my passport says Mx, then Mx needs to be a choice!
Spencer Cripps commented
This should be a major priority please!
Roni Vail Ruggenberg commented
Adding pronouns to profiles would be hugely helpful in making work places more inclusive. As our ability to connect with more people across the globe and different cultures becomes easier and more common place, this needs to be a feature so that people can engage more easily and genuinely with one another. When can users expect to see this added?
Adding this feature wouldn't be a good idea. It would imply that students can be something their not, like how underage students cannot identify as overage. This would probably be the opposite of what a parent wants, which is to educate their child correctly. As for the androgynous names, there's no reason why a teacher or the student's classmates wouldn't know if he or she is male or female
Irvine Russell commented
I totally agree with this (from a corporate perspective rather than educational). As well as non-binary colleagues (who use pronouns other than he/him or she/her) this will benefit those with names that don't automatically denote gender (e.g. Sam or Alex).
It's been 1.5 years since initial suggestion, any updates?
That doesn't seen to be a feature that's very hard to implement.