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Gender-Neutral Pronouns in Tagalog

From Audio: Christine Carino: Consciously Thriving as a Queer, Nonbinary Filipino

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Christine Carino (she/her/siya) is a queer nonbinary immigrant from the Philippines who now works as a transformation coach to help underrepresented leaders reconnect with their authentic selves. She briefly speaks on her own experience being nonbinary and the Tagalog gender-neutral pronoun siya.
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Christine Carino (she/her/siya) is a queer nonbinary immigrant from the Philippines who now works as a transformation coach to help underrepresented executives and leaders reconnect with their authentic selves. She briefly speaks on her own experience being nonbinary and the Tagalog gender-neutral pronoun siya (pronounced "sha").
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So let's talk a little bit about you being la binary. You talk a little bit about that journey. Yeah. I'm actually I was very early like what I said, I rejected myself a lot. But now coming into terms to I don't want to follow any rules. Anyone's rules. You know, it's like as as a male or the masculine. I want that feminine energy and like masculine roles need to look like vulnerable, loving, kind, compassionate and female roles could look like courageous and assertive and fears and powerful and all these things and for me that's really now how I operate. But whenever I present masculine, I make sure that what attached to it is compassionate time and then vice versa. So it's really not the binary of what the society has taught us to be. I wanted to be on my own terms. So it's just fully embracing it because I've always had it. I was talking to someone else to about it and like the code switch for me, my code switch experiences presenting female all the time, and that was so exhausting to Yeah, it's like, oh my God, you know, I like to do this dress and look pretty, wear heels and do make up the goal. I love doing makeup and all that, but I don't always want to be female presenting all the time. So now I would wear male clothing with makeup and period, how old are you? I'm 31, I'm in my fifties. Seems like my observation is that a lot of younger people are really embracing the non binary gender and I think a lot of it is because they don't want to be boxed into one particular gender and I think it's really brave to be able to say like, you know, hey, I don't consider myself to be one or the other. So it's really great that young people are feeling the freedom to kind of claim who they are. You know, when I was your age, I wouldn't live. Wasn't even a possibility. So, Right. And let's talk a little bit about your pronouns. You explain before we started recording what your pronouns are. So my project, is she her or shot shot is basically a filipino pronoun for she or her. It's gender less. So I wanted to really use that because it represents me. It's non binary and also filipino. Yeah. And they're really as far as I know. I mean, it doesn't seem like there are very many non binary pronouns and other languages. No, I don't think so. I mean, it seems like they tend to be even more gender. Most languages are more gender than english. Even so that's beautiful. Yeah. And just thinking about it, it's actually, you know, because some of our language is influenced by the spanish language, you will still see that the pure ones that the dialogue would be gender neutral, which is great. That's really interesting. So let's talk a little bit about what you're doing with your life now. So I'm any transformation coach and consultant. As a coach. I help black, indigenous and people of color and LGBTQ plus executives and leaders to reconnect with their authentic selves so they can live and leave consciously and great impact on their own terms. And as a consultant, I help bring culture of transformation in corporate businesses by bringing back the human at the center of it. I wanted to tap into the heart so we can truly embody inclusion belonging at
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