A common but increasingly mighty and very busy little word, “they,” has an accolade all its own.
The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun their word of the year based on a 313% increase in look-ups on the company's search site, Merriam-Webster.com, this year when compared with 2018.
Please see the latest SGMRO Director’s Voice Blog post, which discusses the recent Bisexual Health Research Workshop and the importance of raising visibility and representation of bi/bi+ individuals in health research. The post also announces the release of the workshop summary document, which is available here. For your convenience, the full blog post has been included below.
"Every day, and usually unconsciously, I carry around fear that I’ll be judged for my sexual orientation. This fear has affected my experience of medical training, and I suspect I’m not alone. Trainees in your own hospital may feel the same way. Before every rotation in medical school, I was anxious. Would my new attendings judge me for being gay? Would it affect my grade?"
Having grown up surrounded by homophobia, a gay resident continues to carry around fear that he’ll be judged for his sexual orientation. But some attending physicians and residents have done small things that have made him feel more at ease.
A PDF of this Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine by McLean psychiatry resident Jack L. Turban can be accessed online here with your HarvardKey.