Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced on Instagram that the organization that he and his husband Justin Mikita began in 2012, Tie The Knot, will now be called Pronoun and will focus on issues that stretch beyond marriage equality.
The announcement coincided with International Pronouns Day, which is held on the third Wednesday of every October. International Pronouns Day began in 2018 and looks to make sharing and respecting personal pronouns a common courtesy and to celebrate the diverse identities in society.
Ferguson wrote that since he began Tie the Knot, the group has raised more than $1.5 million and supported a variety of other organizations working to pass marriage equality.
“Well, now in 2021, while marriage may be here — other new challenges are here, too. Our trans and nonbinary family are being legislated against in states across the country; trans people, especially trans women of color, are being murdered across the country; the equality act still has not passed in congress; and so much more,” he wrote.
“We still have so much work to do. Oppression is alive and it is our job to continue marching in solidarity with every movement until we are all free,” Ferguson wrote.
Along with the announcement, Ferguson said the group would be donating $125,000 to five organizations working toward equality for all — those include TransLatin@ Coalition, the Audre Lorde Project, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, TGI Justice Project, and Human Rights Campaign.
“Let’s continue to march together, to raise our voice, and to fight for equality and equity for everyone,” Ferguson added.