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Friendly reminder to the readership looking through the comments that A. this Gabriel is not necessarily “that” Gabriel. B. Gabe is an angel and therefore has no physical gender, and is thus, necessarily androgynous and really, really pronoun-challenging.

Not challenging at all. This is what singular “they” is for.

That is not a thing that exists, though. A singular “they” is grammatically incorrect because “they” refers to a group of things.

Singular they has been around since Shakespeare and before. Some pedantic Victorian decided they didn’t like it and tried to enforce their ideals on the entire language. Look up the history and also consider the present. We use the singular they and time we don’t know Someone’s gender.
“Just got off the phone with my friend.”
“Oh? What did they want?”

Indeed.
While singular “they” is a little grammatically awkward, I greatly prefer it to workarounds like “he or she”, partly because the latter is even more awkward to say and partly because some people, like me, don’t identify as either of those.

People have been trying for years to introduce a proper singular gender-neutral pronoun to English, but so far nothing has stuck. So, for now, singular they it is.

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