Inclusive language

Safe and inclusive environments : concrete actions, Tools

Inclusive language is language that is free from words, phrases or tones that reflect prejudiced, stereotyped or discriminatory views of particular people or groups. It is also language that does not deliberately or inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted. Language matters. It has the power to offer the validation and acknowledgement of identities, and also has the power to deny it. This is why it is so important to be aware of the impact of the language we use and the context in which we are using it, and why we need to make a conscious effort to use language that is inclusive and validating for everyone – especially the LGBTQ+ community.