Welcome to TIMP!
My name is Lee Airton. I’ve been involved for many years in transgender-spectrum and communities during the rise of current gender-neutral pronoun usage. I have been using singular they as my personal pronoun since 2011, and I started TIMP in June 2012 and archived the site eight years later in June 2020.
My motivation for creating this blog came from experiences about pronouns in transgender and/or non-binary peoples’ lives, both my own and those shared with me by others. My experiences with TIMP and the Canadian political climate around gender-neutral pronouns led me to found the No Big Deal Campaign last fall, which helps people use and show their support for our right to have our pronouns used in everyday life. Based on TIMP, I’ve also written a book called Gender: Your Guide – A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Say, What to Know, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture.
In my day job, I’m an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University where I teach in Bachelor of Education and graduate programs (in fact, I’m interested in speaking to people who’d like to think about graduate studies). I hold a Ph.D. in Education from York University, and previous degrees in education and gender studies from McGill University. You can learn more about my work and get in touch with me by visiting my website.