Last October, Scott Shay, Signature Bank Chairman, co-hosted a company conference called “Know Your Pronouns” where staff members were instructed on how to properly utilize pronouns such “Ze” and “Hir.”
As regulators took over the bank on Sunday, social media users shared a video of the presentation that had been posted to Signature Bank’s YouTube page in Dec.
Shay co-presented the session with Finn Brigham, a Manhattan-based corporate adviser on issues of gender who was referred to during the symposium as a “genderqueer trans masculine individual,” citing the New York Post.
The “Social Impact” lecture series from Signature Bank included the “Know Your Pronouns” lecture.
According to reports, Shay began the seminar by claiming that Signature Bank was “the first American bank to include an openly gay man on our panel,” referring to former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who served on the bank’s board after co-sponsoring regulations to regulate banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
The video showed Brigham at one point running through a list of pronouns that included she, hers, he, his, they, them, ze, and hir.
“She” and “he” are the most widely used pronouns,” according to Brigham. “I don’t know if anyone uses the pronouns ‘they’ or ‘them’ at Signature Bank, but you surely have clients who do. On purpose, they are pronouns without gender.”
Brigham said, “‘Ze’ is another gender-neutral pronoun. Hir, which is spelled H-I-R, would be the other component of that.”
Signature Bank encouraged “sustainability, equity, diversity, inclusion, community participation, employee development, employee health and safety, and any other social, environmental, or governance-related efforts” as part of its annual Social Impact Report.