Instagram Adds New Pronouns Feature

Ana Martinez, Online Editor-in-Chief

A May 11 update to the social media site Instagram now allows users to input their pronouns in a specific place on their profile, rather than in their bio.

Users can now choose from a variety of pronouns, including, but not limited to, she/her, he/him and they/them. After selecting the pronouns, the preference now appears next to a user’s username on their profile. However, the feature does not allow users to merely type in whatever they wish, preventing gender-related “jokes.”

Pronouns have become an increasingly relevant topic of concern for Instagram and other social media sites. According to the LGBTQ+ suicide prevention organization the Trevor Project, one in four LGBTQ+ youth use pronouns that fall outside the binary construction of gender. 

If an individual does not feel comfortable sharing their pronouns with everybody, Instagram offers the option to show pronouns to just the individual’s followers. 

To set one’s pronouns, one can visit their profile page, press “Edit Profile” and then find the “Pronouns” field on the page. After tapping this page, users can select the field and choose up to four items that they prefer to be referred to by. 

Currently, the feature is available in the U.S., Canada and Australia, but Instagram plans on expanding the feature to other countries in the future.