Wishing our community a very happy Pride month! On the outside of Seward Co-op buildings, we proudly say “Everyone Welcome.” Throughout our nearly 50 year history and into the present, our goal has been to create space that is comfortable and safe for everyone to gather, work, and shop. We at Seward Co-op welcome opportunities to continue to learn and grow more in community.
At Seward Co-op, we are committed to a culture of inclusion where everyone feels welcome, respected and celebrated. As part of this commitment, we ask everyone to use gender-inclusive and affirming language. It’s one way to show respect and avoid making assumptions. Instead of using gendered language such as “ladies,” “gentlemen,” “sir” or “ma’am,” try instead using phrases like: “Good morning, everyone!” or “Thanks, friend.” More about our commitment is here.
If you’d like to learn more about why this is important, read tips on sharing and asking about pronouns or find other resources, MyPronouns.org is a great place to start. Other resources are the Genderbread Person, and a short comic book about pronouns from local illustrators, Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson, “A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns.”